FOUNDATIONS IN EDUCTION
Discuss how each of the foundation areas provide needed insights for librarians in their efforts to create and sustain a learning community in schools.
According to Speck (1999) in Schools as Professional Learning Communities (2008) “a school learning community is one that promotes and values learning as an ongoing, active collaboration process with dynamic dialogue by teachers, students, staff, principal, parents and the school community to improve the quality of learning and life within the school” (pg 7). All the members of the learning community are responsible for building the community to encourage and enhance learning in the school as a whole. The learning community inspires the personal growth and development of all its members. The learning community should be centered in the classroom but also extend to the wider school and into the community where all members are engaged in similar activities. The aim of the learning community is for all members to become actively involved so that the students are motivated to learn, develop better, think creatively and have originality in thought. Foundation areas are core areas in the growth and development of a school librarian, which allows the new role of the teacher librarian to develop a learning community to motivate students to learn. The main goal of the foundation areas are to develop creative, critical and original thinkers who will be able to better understand the school curriculum thereby achieving academic excellence which is the main philosophy of the education system. The library is often seen as the storehouse of knowledge in the school. Foundations in Education touch on four key areas each of which provides insightful information into the society, the individuals and their interactions with each other. The four main areas in Foundations in Education are psychology, sociology, philosophy and language. We will look at each in turn to see the benefits of Foundations in Education to create a learning community. The librarian has a difficult role in the school community as they are the ones to ensure that the current, relevant and insightful information is available on a wide range of topics that will assist students in the completion of the school curriculum ensuring that they acquire information to develop each individual full potential. In addition they are geared towards achieving the school’s motto for students to pursue excellence. The trust is the creation of a learning community in the school, thus there is need to change the culture of the school. In psychology the individual is the main focus and how the individual adapts to societal changes. Psychology as a Foundation subject encourages the librarians to promote change in dialogue. The school administration usually operate from a top down approach, whereby all the decisions are made by them and then implemented without taking anyone else opinion into consideration. However, psychology teaches about development of the individual and thereby the community, decision making should involve all the shareholders in the school community so that they feel part of the organization. Students are usually the last to hear about the decisions but are often the most affected, this leads them to be disenchanted with the whole organization as a whole and they are frustrated as they do not have a voice. Also students learn according to different intelligence levels. Gardner (1983) put forward the theory of multiple intelligences to explain student’s abilities. It is often found that no two persons think alike, thus different people think in different ways. Additionally, this also affects their learning capabilities since many students learn differently. The school has to create an open creative environment which values the contribution by all members in the community. The librarian as the caretaker of knowledge should be the bridge between the...
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