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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
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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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Youens, Bernadette; McCarthy, Susan – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2007
Following the introduction of a National Curriculum for Science, all secondary science teachers in England need to be prepared to teach all aspects of a broad and balanced science curriculum. This is the second paper in which we explore science student teachers' subject knowledge development during a one-year postgraduate teacher preparation…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Foreign Countries, Tutors, Student Teachers