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ERIC Number: EJ1145121
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0899 3408
An Evaluation of a Professional Learning Network for Computer Science Teachers
Cutts, Quintin; Robertson, Judy; Donaldson, Peter; O'Donnell, Laurie
Computer Science Education, v27 n1 p30-53 2017
This paper describes and evaluates aspects of a professional development programme for existing CS teachers in secondary schools (PLAN C) which was designed to support teachers at a time of substantial curricular change. The paper's particular focus is on the formation of a teacher professional development network across several hundred teachers and a wide geographical area. Evidence from a series of observations and teacher surveys over a two-year period is analysed with respect to the project's programme theory in order to illustrate not only "whether" it worked as intended, by "why". Results indicate that the PLAN C design has been successful in increasing teachers' professional confidence and appears to have catalysed powerful change in attitudes to learning. Presentation of challenging pedagogical content knowledge and conceptual frameworks, high-quality teacher-led professional dialogue, along with the space for reflection and classroom trials, triggered examination of the teachers' own current practices.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)