Thinking through practice

Published: Sunday, 24 April 2016

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Dear Colleague,

In this document, you will find the Conceptual Frame of Reference of Project LINPILCARE. 

Project LINPILCARE is a European Erasmus+ KA2 strategic partnership for innovation in education. The project aims to support teaching and learning in schools by linking practitioner inquiry, via professional learning communities ,with the results of extant academic research.

Project LINPILCARE works on a ‘better knowledge’ society where flexibility and innovative thinking are viewed as essential. The project aims to promote a ‘bottom up’ model of development. This will lead to more flexibility in schools and real innovation in education, in general. But, real innovation in education only happens if students & teachers become better learners and that requires effective teaching practices. So, in establishing the pivotal role of the teacher, the purpose of Project LINPILCARE will be to recognise the professionalism of practitioners and foster the development of a ‘bottom up’ model of innovation and change, starting with the real problems of teachers and students themselves. Linpilcare asserts that recognising and fostering the professional development of teachers will be an essential feature in developing innovative practice leading to a better society in the 21st century. 

Project LINPILCARE will support teachers with a concern to improve their practice and to establish inquiry as an integral feature of their work. Moreover, the project will support teachers in establishing collegial and productive professional learning communities. Project LINPILCARE will invite teachers to share their research findings and link these with the results of extant academic research. To facilitate this, Project LINPILCARE has developed ‘Thinking through practice’, an innovative Conceptual Frame of Reference, practical tools for teachers and guidelines for the development and running of professional learning communities to support teachers’ research. 

The consortium of Linpilcare consists of 6 European partners: the Catholic Education Flanders (Belgium), the University of Tartu (Estonia), the National Education Institute of Slovenia (Slovenia), Fontys University of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands), a group of schools from Caparica (Portugal) and the Dene Magna School (United Kingdom). 

Thanks to all consortium partners for the collaboration in realising this project. I especially want to thank Prof. Helen Timperley, University of Auckland, Prof. Nancy Dana, University of Florida and Gene Thompson-Grove, Board Member the School Reform Initiative, Denver for the inspiration that they gave me in realising Project LINPILCARE; 

I hope that this Project LINPILCARE Conceptual Frame of Reference inspires you to realise the potential of innovative 21st century education in which teachers will be the real professionals in and of education.

All the best and become the best professional in education you can be!

Rik Vanderhauwaert, Coordinator of Project LINPILCARE


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