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Vescio, Vicki; Ross, Dorene; Adams, Alyson – Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 2008
After an overview of the characteristics of professional learning communities (PLCs), this manuscript presents a review of 10 American studies and one English study on the impact of PLCs on teaching practices and student learning. Although, few studies move beyond self-reports of positive impact, a small number of empirical studies explore the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Academic Achievement, Program Effectiveness, Teaching Methods
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Webb, Rosemary; Vulliamy, Graham; Sarja, Anneli; Hamalainen, Seppo; Poikonen, Pirjo-Liisa – Oxford Review of Education, 2009
The article is a comparative analysis of the policy and practice of professional learning communities (PLCs) in primary schools in England and Finland. The concept of PLC has become a globally fashionable one and has been explicitly advocated in policy documents in both countries. Drawing from a database of qualitative semi-structured interviews…
Descriptors: Interviews, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis
Bennett, Tom – Education Development Trust, 2015
The researchED movement has generated a new debate about the role of research in schools. Of course there have always been teachers interested in undertaking research and applying the research findings of others. However, involvement in research has tended to be the personal enthusiasm of the individual teacher rather than a coordinated whole…
Descriptors: Leadership Role, Educational Research, Case Studies, Vignettes
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Armour, Kathleen M.; Yelling, Martin – Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 2007
This paper reports data from the third phase of a 2-year investigation into continuing professional development (CPD) for physical education teachers in England. The purpose of this phase was to examine the ways in which 10 case study teachers engaged in professional learning over the course of 1 academic year. Data were collected from a series of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physical Education, Physical Education Teachers, Focus Groups
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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