Professional Capital : Transforming Teaching

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In the book Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School renowned educators Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan set out to transform the future of teaching and public education by proposing the idea and importance of investing in Professional Capital. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, capital is defined as “Relating to or being assets that add to long-term net worth.” The autho 's notion of Professional Capital lies upon the integration of three kinds of capital – human, social, and decisional. This book provides powerful and evidence-based action guidelines for classroom teachers, administrators, schools and districts, and policital leaders on how Professional Capital can transform the future of teaching and public education. The authors’ collaborative research began by exploring the future of education and the teaching profession. Through their research, they swiftly concluded a vast majority of people shared the notion that the most important factor that effects student learning is the quality of the teacher. Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan continued to take a closer look at how one can maximize the cumulative effect of many quality teachers over time, and the favorable lasting impact this would have on the education of students for many years to come. The ultimate goal of Professional Capital is to increase human capital or the individual teacher’s talents, skills, and capabilities. However, this human capital needs to be distributed and
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