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Title: Inclusive learning communities : the real challenges facing reform in Malta
Authors: Bezzina, Christopher
Keywords: Learning
Communities -- Malta
Schools -- Malta
Educational innovations -- Malta
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited
Citation: Bezzina, C. (2006). Inclusive learning communities: the real challenges facing reform in Malta. International Journal of Educational Management, 20(6), 453-465.
Abstract: Purpose – The school environment in the islands of Malta is experiencing important changes that need to be critically addressed if school improvement and, more importantly, student learning is going to be enhanced. This paper aims to present the education authorities with an introductory review which aims to contextualise the potential networking of schools within the nurturing of inclusive learning communities. Design/methodology/approach – The paper argues that unless the principles of hope, faith, commitment, individual and collective worth are nurtured, networks will not on their own work to bring about desired change. Findings – Whilst a networking reform process has been introduced no review has yet been undertaken in Malta to understand the implications, both positive and negative, that such a reform brings with it. Practical implications – Implications for policy and practice include a thorough understanding of the six components behind the inclusive learning community, the various benefits, tensions and concerns that networks and networking bring with them. Originality/value – This paper presents an introductory review and contextualises the network reform policy within the principles of the learning community.
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