That's What Friends Are For

Critical Friends in a Professional Learning Community


Edited By Jacqueline van Swet et al.
December 2009
Distributed by
ISBN: 9789044124392
168 pages
$45.00 Paper original

Critical friendship is an intriguing concept. The term appears in many books and articles about research and about collaborative learning. However, it has rarely been defined clearly. In this book the authors explore the concept critical friendship as a way of working and acting of students in tutor groups groups during a master course.

At Fontys Teacher Training College of Special Educational Needs all students make use of critical frineds during their study process. Being a learning community it is important that staff members do the same. The aim of this study is to find out what the concept means both for the students and for the staff. It is a contribution in the quest how to indicate and practice critical friendship in a master's programme.

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