Communities and Consequences: An Inquiry into Ideology and Practice in Teachers’ Professional Work

@article{Westheimer1999CommunitiesAC,
  title={Communities and Consequences: An Inquiry into Ideology and Practice in Teachers’ Professional Work},
  author={Joel Westheimer},
  journal={Educational Administration Quarterly},
  year={1999},
  volume={35},
  pages={105 - 71}
}
This article challenges vague and underconceptualized notions of teacher professional community prevalent in both the theoretical and policy-oriented reform literatures. The findings from a close examination of two schools’teacher professional communities suggest that current models obscure significant differences in beliefs and practices. Whereas one school’s professional community emphasizes teachers’ individual autonomy, rights, and responsibilities to colleagues, the other’s is driven by a… Expand
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