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Towards the learning community: a Maltese experience

Christopher Bezzina (Office of Professional Practice, Department of Education Studies, Faculty of Education, University of Malta, Msida, Malta)

International Journal of Educational Management

ISSN: 0951-354X

Article publication date: 1 December 2004



As demand for school reform have grown in Malta in recent years we have noticed increased focus being given to quality issues. As a result the education authorities, due to two main policy initiatives – the introduction of the National Minimum curriculum and school development planning – are encouraging a decentralised form of governance that emphasises the empowerment of teachers in educational decision‐making. The road towards increased collaboration amongst teachers and between schools in which they work, has been a long, arduous and tortuous journey, yet it can also be a vehicle for positive change and development. This paper explores a theoretical rationale for a teacher led approach to school improvement. It then explores the initial collaboration between the author and one local school. It presents the main findings of a strategic analysis undertaken to understand the current situation facing the school. This case study helps to highlight the importance and positive effects behind capacity building and shared leadership. It is argued that this case study can serve as an example to establish higher education and school partnerships and the introduction of a school‐based accreditation scheme.



Bezzina, C. (2004), "Towards the learning community: a Maltese experience", International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 18 No. 7, pp. 446-454.



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