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Teaching, Learning and Living
Joining Practice and Research

ISBN 9781138060388
Published March 23, 2018 by Routledge
144 Pages

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By tracing the development of Ann Lieberman’s commitment to exploring the complex, entwined nature of teaching, learning and living, this book reflects on how research in teacher leadership and development has progressed and changed over the last fifty years.

This personal account highlights Lieberman’s learning as she engaged in research to build collaborative ways of working. Portraying the fight for teacher participation in research studies about teaching, schooling and teacher improvement so that the complexity of their lives would be represented, and writing about the consideration of teacher’s work in any efforts for school improvement, the book discusses the initial collaboration between researchers and teachers. It then proceeds to outline a number of research projects that document the changing relationship of research and teaching and offers guidance on some of the most important and successful programs and strategies in the field. It questions issues such as how to create a culture in the school that is supportive of teachers, and how research can best assist teachers to improve their work.

Teaching, Learning and Living is a personal, historical and professional look at the growth in knowledge that began to change the views of research and teaching and is a must-read for anyone interested in the development of teacher education.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: A Teaching Life  Chapter 2: Teachers as Partners: Not Objects of Research  Chapter 3: Teachers: Their World and Their Work  Chapter 4: Teachers, Staff Developers, Researchers: Creating a Collaborative Team  Chapter 5: Learning from Teacher Leaders: Developing Vignettes of the Process  Chapter 6: Teachers as Scholars: Getting at the Complexity of Teaching  Chapter 7: Creating the Conditions for Learning and Leadership: The National Writing Project  Chapter 8: Improving Schools: Understanding the Dynamics of Changing Practice, Structure and Culture  Chapter 9: Teachers at the Helm: Learning and Leading  Chapter 10: A Social View of Teaching, Learning and Leading: From Isolation to Collaboration and Community  Chapter 11: Afterword

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Ann Lieberman is a Senior Scholar at the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy (SCOPE) in Education at Stanford University, USA, and an Emerita Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, USA.


Ann Lieberman has been a teacher, worked with teachers and is an ardent advocate for teachers. This inspiring little book, Ann Lieberman’s last, packs in 50 years of her magnificent life’s work that has changed how researchers and policy-makers think about teaching and how teachers see themselves. Ann Lieberman is the teacher’s scholar and the scholar’s teacher – respectful, thoughtful, inspiring, and collaborative. If you ever were a teacher, are a teacher, want to be a teacher or be with teachers, this is absolutely the book for you from probably the greatest living legend in the field.

Andy Hargreaves, Research Professor, Boston College, USA.

Few educators have the scope, the wisdom, the experience, and the commitment to teacher leadership of Ann Lieberman. In this volume, she invites readers in to decades of valuable perspective on elevating teachers' voices and enabling teacher leadership in multiple contexts. Ann is a mentors' mentor, a teachers' teacher, and her infectious enthusiasm for empowering educators shines through. In an era that leaves many teachers feeling beat-down and beaten-up, Lieberman is relentlessly upbeat, describing the joyful work that inspires teachers to be the leaders the profession desperately needs. 

Desiree Pointer Mace, Professor of Education and Director of Graduate Education Programs, Alverno College, USA.

Ann’s personally revealing account of her professional journey charts the questions and challenges that have shaped her education career over more than 50 years. Lieberman’s ideas and insights have broadly influenced our understanding about the social realities of teaching and moved policies aiming to develop teachers’ knowledge about effective practice closer to the classroom. Teaching, Learning and Living explains how and why Ann’s thinking evolved. This engaging book offers a matchless opportunity to enter the inner world of a great education leader.

Milbrey McLaughlin, David Jacks Professor of Education and Public Policy, Emerita, Stanford University

It’s not often that we get to read a 50-year perspective on teaching, learning, and research from one of the pioneers of the idea that teachers are learners and knowers, not just the objects or recipients of somebody else’s research. Teaching, Learning and Living reflects Ann Lieberman’s life-long commitment to these ideas and provides a highly-readable tour of the major projects that have animated a half century of work with teachers as leaders and research partners.

Marilyn Cochran-Smith, Cawthorne Professor, Lynch School of Education, Boston College, USA

In this book, Ann Lieberman provides an extraordinary window into the life of an extraordinary educator. Her early formation and the people and experiences that have touched and influenced her over the past five decades all come alive in these pages. Here, Ann does what she does best; she teaches us. And she teaches us not only about teaching, learning, and school reform; she teaches us about what matters most in education. Most importantly, she teaches us what it means to live a life of integrity, commitment, and value.

Lynne Miller, Emerita Professor, University of Southern Maine, USA