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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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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