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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press (March 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807753327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807753323
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 16.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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"Transforming education is one of the signature challenges of our times. Professional Capital sets out exactly and undeniably why the only way to do it is to honor and improve the profession of teaching. Written by two of the sharpest educational thinkers in the world, Professional Capital is an incisive critique of the failing reform movements in many countries and a powerful manifesto for the only strategy that can and does work. This book should revolutionize how policymakers and practitioners alike think and act in education. The price of failure is more than they or our children can afford." —Sir Ken Robinson, educator, author

"A must-read! Brimming with insights and action ideas, Hargreaves and Fullan lay out a clear and cogent plan to transform American public education, community by community. Professional Capital is a finely written and urgent argument for real change in how we do our business." —Dan Domenech, Executive Director, American Association of School Administrators

"This important book makes it clear that teaching stands at a crossroads between policy decisions that will help create a great profession for all teachers or ones that will make teaching robotic and unexciting—hurting student learning for years to come. Hargreaves and Fullan urge us not to stand aside or to wait. It is time, they say, for the teaching profession to be led by, for, and with teachers and for others to join in concerted action to support that transformation."—Dennis Van Roekel, President, National Education Association

"I love the focus on professional capital and decisional capital. Hargreaves and Fullan give us a deep, practical understanding of ways to improve our schools and our school systems. This is new, exciting thinking."—Steve Munby, Chief Executive, National College for School Leadership

"The teaching profession is at a crossroads. Grounded in global knowledge and experience, Professional Capital provides brilliant insight into what the next generation of teaching should look like. This book is a must-read for anybody thinking of teaching in the 21st century."—Pasi Sahlberg, Director General, CIMO at the Finnish Ministry of Education

"This is a really terrific book. It’s balanced, thoughtful, yet also passionate. Remarkable in its reconciling divergent positions in sensible ways. Among the best things Hargreaves and Fullan have done—which is no small compliment, I assure you!"—Ben Levin, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Education Leadership and Policy, OISE/University of Toronto.

"Anyone, anywhere who has anything to do with schools and the world of education will want to read, reflect, and react to the content of this book . . . a real treasure trove of riveting and informed insight into what really matters in teaching and learning. A powerful duo with a powerful challenge to the world of education. Professional Capital cries out for informed action—for the good of all children and their teachers."—Christopher Harrison, President, National Association of Head Teachers, England.

About the Author

Andy Hargreaves is the Thomas More Brennan Chair in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Michael Fullan is Professor Emeritus of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto.

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Hargreaves and Fullan present a very interesting approach to reforming education that moves past current top down initiatives such as standardization and competitive accountability and advocates for the development of human, social and decisional capital. Such a reform movement promises to reinstate professional autonomy, dignity and strength to a profession that has suffered degradation in the struggle for 'control of education' by parties far removed from its best interests.
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HASH(0x9eeac624) out of 5 stars Leading the way Dec 4 2012
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Professional Capital is just what teaching needs at this time--a solid look at practices and ideas that really will increase student learning. With near unanimous agreement in the failure of No Child Left Behind, the time is ripe for ideas that will truly improve education. Unfortunately, much of what passes for education reform doesn't meet the standard set by Hargreaves and Fullan in this excellent book. I highly recommend this book as a template for change in our schools.
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HASH(0x9eeac870) out of 5 stars A Must Read for politicians, school leaders and teachers April 3 2013
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"Professional Capital" is A Must Read book on school reforms, change of teaching and learning cultures and classroom implementation of educational policies as wished by politicians, school leaders, teachers, students and parents. It is surprisingly sharp in its critique of politicians' search for quick measurable results, and it is equally solidly founded in presenting evidence and suggestions for a sustainable development of school cultures that will guarantee continuos improvement of institutionalised learning - the idea is the professional capital of collaborative teaching and learning.
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HASH(0x9eeac834) out of 5 stars Required Reading for Anyone Who Thinks They Are In The Business of Improving Education Oct. 21 2013
By Christopher Lehman - Published on Amazon.com
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A breathe of fresh air, for sure. Hargreaves and Fullan offer a clear, well researched, and solution-focused approach to growing schools. Responding to the current mania of business model pseudo-solutions to education's "ills," they place change firmly back in the hands of educators in an uplifting, though not light on challenging, way. A must read. Then give your copy away for someone else to read pronto.
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HASH(0x9eeacd2c) out of 5 stars Lecturer Master of Learning and Innovation, the Netherlands May 23 2012
By im.paalman-dijkenga@windesheim.nl - Published on Amazon.com
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Professional Capital and the awareness of addressing professionalim the right way, is crucial in this time.
Linking learning to motivated people. Absolute great reading!
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HASH(0x9eeae03c) out of 5 stars Very informative March 9 2013
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This book provides very clearly stated introduction to the concept of professional capital and its realtion to teachers. Based on social, human, and decision all capital, professional capital is a concept that must be considered by educators as we move forward in this new era of increased accountability a great read overall.

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