A beginner’s guide to Doctor Michael Fullan
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NPDL builds on Fullan's writing, seeking to put his ideas into practice. The partnership network works alongside educators and governments to change the role of teachers to 'activators of learning', who design learning experiences that build on pupils' strengths and needs, create new knowledge using real-life problem solving, and help all pupils identify their talents.
In order to help teachers and leaders cultivate and circulate professional capital in their schools, NPDL created a professional capital index that aims to assist teachers and school leaders in self-assessing the status of professional capital in their schools, and deepen understanding of how, and to what extent, schools and educational systems develop and circulate professional capital.
Their school leader survey and teacher survey are available for free on their website.
What does he research?
Fullan's writing has covered many elements of education. His 1998 book, What's Worth Fighting for in Education? explored how teacher quality and morale were fundamental to pupil learning and wellbeing, and included strategies for empowering teachers. Before that, he explored the complex job faced by school leaders in What's Worth Fighting For in the Principalship? (1997). In The Moral Imperative of School Leadership (2003) he examined the moral purpose of educational leadership and the role leaders play in transforming schools. His more recent books, included 2010's Motion Leadership continued the theme of school leadership, outlining how leadership could lead school change through personal connects, trust and transparency.
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The New Meaning of Educational Change (2015)
Professional Capital, with Andy Hargreaves (2012)
New Pedagogies for Deep Learning – Measuring Impact (2016)
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