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Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School Paperback – March 9, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0807753323 ISBN-10: 0807753327 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press; 1 edition (March 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807753327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807753323
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, world-renowned author and educator

''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

''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 twenty-first 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

''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

''Hargreaves and Fullan have, once again, amassed the evidence to challenge our thinking and better our practice--from the teachers' lounge, to the union hall, to state and national policy tables. Their concept of 'professional capital' can help redefine and refocus efforts at all levels to build and maximize teaching capacity and improve results for students.'' --Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers

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''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



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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When teachers are treated as professionals, competence and commitment improve and so will education and society.
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I highly recommend this book as a template for change in our schools.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tim Parker on December 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carsten Dyndale on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Petersen on May 22, 2013
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Having recently read quite a number of articles from both Hargreaves and Fullan, dating back to the 1990's, Professional Capital built on their earlier work and extended it. It's a very easy read and educators at all levels will relate to it and will be challenged by it. It speaks directly to teachers, school and district/system leaders as well as State, National and International organisations. Professional Capital is what we've come to expect of Hargreaves and Fullan, and more!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Lehman on October 21, 2013
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By im.paalman-dijkenga@windesheim.nl on May 23, 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Misterw675 on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Clifford on June 11, 2013
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This book provides well researched information about what works and what doesn't when it comes to transforming the quality of schools. The recommendations in the book are suitable for whole school reform as well as whole system reform. As an educational leader I found the book to be an excellent resource.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By k harris on September 8, 2013
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Well considered with great discussion and learning points. New ways of internalizing the issues being faced in education without rhetoric.
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