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The Critical Friend

Facilitating change and wellbeing in school communities

ISBN13 : 9781742860084

Author(s) : Helen Butler, Andrea Krelle, Ian Seal, Lea Trafford, Sarah Drew, John Hargreaves, Ruth Walter and Lyndal Bond

Publisher : ACER Press, 2011

SKU : A5212BK

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In today's school communities, the 'critical friend' - or change facilitator - has an increasingly vital role to play across the spectrum of teaching and learning, health promotion, and continuing professional development. But what is a critical friend and what does it take to be effective in such a role?

Drawing on the findings of three intensive, school-based research initiatives, this book clearly defines the role of the critical friend and demonstrates a range of frameworks and applications for practice. The critical friend is pivotal in identifying the needs, facilitating the process of change, and ensuring a seamless integration with the core business, values, and objectives of the school.

The activities, tips, and tools that are outlined in this ground-breaking book have been developed through years of research at the Center for Adolescent Health, Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. The book offers ready templates for adaptation to specific contexts across diverse demographics and shares strategies that are designed to actively engage school communities in the process of change.

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Helen Butler, Andrea Krelle, Ian Seal, Lea Trafford, Sarah Drew, John Hargreaves, Ruth Walter and Lyndal Bond