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Harris, Alma; Jones, Michelle – Improving Schools, 2010
This article outlines the progress and impact of professional learning communities within, between and across schools, as part of the implementation of whole system reform in Wales. It describes the way in which professional learning communities are being developed to support improvement and change across the education system in Wales. The article…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Educational Improvement
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Harris, Alma – Journal of Educational Administration, 2011
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to outline how collective capacity building is supporting system-wide reform in one country. It seeks to outline the way in which professional learning communities within, between and across schools are creating an infrastructure for improving professional practice and raising standards.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Systems Approach, Professional Development
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Harris, Alma – School Leadership & Management, 2010
This article outlines progress made towards education transformation in Wales. It explores the way in which tri-level reform is guiding system level change in Wales and looks at the implementation of the School Effectiveness Framework, which is at the heart of the reform process. It describes the way in which professional learning communities are…
Descriptors: School Effectiveness, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Organizational Change
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Harris, Alma – Journal of Educational Change, 2011
This article outlines how the work of Andy Hargreaves has significantly and substantially informed our understanding of educational change, particularly systemwide change, by drawing upon his most recent research and writing to consider what is known about the process of successful, large-scale reform. It focuses on some of the "fallacies of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Systems Approach, Teacher Educators
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Harris, Alma – Management in Education, 2005
Distributed leadership is a concept that is finding increasing support and is receiving widespread interest in the practitioner and research communities. So, why the interest in distributed leadership? While reasons for the contemporary interest certainly vary, it is suggested that reasons for the popularity of "distributed leadership" are…
Descriptors: Transformational Leadership, Concept Formation, Participative Decision Making, Educational Administration
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Young, Jon; Harris, Alma – School Leadership & Management, 2000
The Improving the Quality for All project in England and the Manitoba School Improvement Program in Canada have demonstrated considerable success in working with schools. This article traces both programs' development, analyzes their different approaches, and reveals commonalities. Both programs encourage teacher collaboration and foster…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
Harris, Alma; Muijs, Daniel – Open University Press, 2004
This book explores how teacher leadership is an intrinsic and important part of school and classroom improvement. It investigates teacher leadership in action and considers the roles, responsibilities and influence of teachers who lead. It considers the implications of teacher leadership for teachers' professional development and focuses on ways…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Educational Change, Teacher Effectiveness, Professional Development