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Interdisciplinary Professional Learning Communities for Social Justice: Interweaving the Language and Culture of Business and Education

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This paper describes and analyzes the process of developing an interdisciplinary professional learning community (Dufour & Fullan, 2013) for the purposes of improving student learning to a diverse group of undergraduate business students in the Canadian post-secondary context. The challenges and opportunities of implementing this process will also be addressed, as will the tensions that exist in implementing quality assurance initiatives in an academic culture that has traditionally valued professional autonomy and disciplinary expertise. It is hoped that this paper will provide lessons-learned and strategies for schools pursuing a similar learning assessment process such that the focus remains on improving chances for all students involved, and not only for the purposes of obtaining accreditation.