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ERIC Number: EJ816194
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1367-4587
The Role of Whole-School Contexts in Shaping the Experiences and Outcomes Associated with Professional Development
Loxley, Andrew; Johnston, Keith; Murchan, Damian; Fitzgerald, Helen; Quinn, Micheline
Journal of In-service Education, v33 n3 p265-285 Sep 2007
In an attempt to manage within schools the introduction of a revised Primary School Curriculum in the Republic of Ireland, the Department of Education and Science instigated a seven-year national support programme. Learning from the experiences of other national systems, there was recognition of the strong role of continuing professional development in providing a mechanism through which to embed these changes. Drawing on data gathered during the evaluation of the Primary Curriculum Support Programme, this paper discusses one aspect of the study that investigated the complex interaction between externally initiated professional development and the physical characteristics, working, teaching, learning and leadership environment within the school. Our interpretation of the data indicates that although the Primary Curriculum Support Programme provided schools and teachers with a good grounding in the revised curriculum, systemic and structural issues around primary schooling will potentially undermine any long-term effects. (Contains 6 tables and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland