© 2009

The Handbook of Leadership and Professional Learning Communities

  • Editors
  • Carol A. Mullen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introducing Collaborative Communities With Edge and Vitality

  3. Organization and the Learning Community

  4. Democracy and the Learning Community

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Camille Wilson Cooper, Romy M. Allen, Silvia Cristina Bettez
      Pages 103-114
    3. Jane H. Applegate, Penelope M. Earley, Jill M. Tarule
      Pages 151-160
  5. Technology and the Learning Community

About this book


Contributors offer ideas, applications, and resources for helping leaders and educators tackle the challenges of building successful professional learning communities. This wide-ranging text will prove indispensable for any democratically accountable leader committed to organizational change through communities of practice.


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About the authors

CAROL A. MULLEN is a Professor in and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations at The University of North Carolina in Greensboro, USA.

Bibliographic information


"Dr. Mullen has put together a book that reminds us of the synergy and possibilities found in collaborations dedicated to shared transformational learning. Leadership preparation centered within considerations of social justice and equity mandates such a book as this one. The collective voices in this volume are a thoughtful addition to the libraries of program developers, school leaders, and those committed to preparing them." - Autumn Tooms, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Kent State University

"The Handbook of Leadership and Professional Learning Communities expands current literature about professional learning communities. Rather than perspectives by a single author or small team of authors, this edited collection features writings by both university scholars and instructors and K-12 practitioners. Because the contributors have different foci, the resources cited in the various chapters provide readers with a broad literature base, making the book suitable for use in educator preparation programs and practitioner studies. This edited volume is an important - and unique - contribution to the field." - Tricia Browne-Ferrigno, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, University of Kentucky