ERIC Number: EJ787701
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
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How Are the Perceptions of Learning Networks Shaped among School Professionals and Headteachers at an Early Stage in Their Introduction?
O'Brien, Mark; Varga-Atkins, Tunde; Burton, Diana; Campbell, Anne; Qualter, Anne
International Review of Education, v54 n2 p211-242 Mar 2008
This paper draws on the findings of a research project funded by the Liverpool City of Learning consortium in the UK. The aim is to explore the process of introduction of ten authority wide learning networks, the impact these have on school professionals practice, the opportunities they offer for CPD and the extent to which they may impact on pupil learning. The research presented here draws on findings from a questionnaire distributed to school professionals and key issues emerging from their analysis point to the influence of national government agendas on school professionals' interpretation of the purpose of the networks. They also point to the views of staff regarding the impact of the attainment agenda as well as the extent to which an increased emphasis on social inclusion and wider understandings of learning and achievement (which are less well represented by results-based performance monitoring) are having on their hopes for what Learning Networks might deliver. The expectations of staff of the opportunities offered by learning networks for long term professional development provide some interesting insights, and perhaps, some useful pointers as to how networks of this kind might develop in the future.
Descriptors: Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Questionnaires, Social Integration, Educational Attainment, Academic Achievement, Learning Processes, Professional Development, Networks, Educational Practices
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom