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ERIC Number: EJ1164082
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1941-5257
Rethinking Models of Professional Learning as Tools: A Conceptual Analysis to Inform Research and Practice
Boylan, Mark; Coldwell, Mike; Maxwell, Bronwen; Jordan, Julie
Professional Development in Education, v44 n1 p120-139 2018
One approach to designing, researching or evaluating professional learning experiences is to use models of learning processes. Here we analyse and critique five significant contemporary analytical models: three variations on path models, proposed by Guskey, by Desimone and by Clarke and Hollingsworth; a model using a systemic conceptualisation of learning by Opfer and Pedder; and a cognitive learning model by Evans. To do this, we develop and illustrate an analytical framework focused on model components, purposes, scope, explicit and implicit theories of learning and change processes, agency and philosophical underpinnings. We identify similarities, differences, inconsistencies and limitations in the models. This provides the basis for reconceptualising models as tools to be deployed alongside other relevant constructs and thus the analytical framework can support a more informed selection of theoretical models by researchers and practitioners.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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