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Stoll, Louise; McMahon, Agnes; Thomas, Sally – Journal of School Leadership, 2006
This article reports key findings from a 2-1/2-year mixed methodological study of professional learning communities, the first of its kind in England. In particular, the concept of effectiveness is explored as it relates to professional learning communities. We describe three ways in which effectiveness can be construed, arguing that any…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Identification, Faculty Development, Professional Development
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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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Woolhouse, Clare; Cochrane, Matt – Improving Schools, 2009
This article reports on the initial findings of research carried out with a cohort of science teachers engaged in a professional development course at a northwest England university. The aim was to investigate how professional development was perceived by participants and explore the experiences of those who undertook the course. Results suggest…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Professional Development, Faculty Development
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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