Looking back and moving forward
This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the key concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book focuses on the criticality of social ties and the importance of connecting to others in support of getting meaningful research and change done. It illustrates the importance of moving a community of learners to become a community that learns – a subtle but important difference. The book presents a resurgence regarding the importance of social relationships in a variety of forms and in a host of contexts. It offers a diverse range of Professional Learning Network examples from several countries. Given that collaboration in the form of peer networks is an increasingly expected feature of professionalism internationally, this is encouraging. But networking as yet isn't the norm in most countries. Learning in context is the norm, or with schools close by, other than occasions when larger networks come together for an organized networking event.