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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
Hipp, Kristine Kiefer; Stoll, Louise; Bolam, Ray; Wallace, Mike; McMahon, Agnes; Thomas, Sally; Huffman, Jane Bumpers – 2003
This paper briefly describes two projects--one in the United States, one in England--that studied professional learning communities (PLCs). Part I of the paper describes the two projects. The American project is called the Creating Communities of Continuous Inquiry and Improvement project. The purpose of this study was to document and examine…
Descriptors: Collegiality, Comparative Analysis, Cooperative Planning, Educational Cooperation