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Lamb, Janeen; Visnovska, Jana – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2012
This paper explores the role of professional learning community and collegial discussion as important supports for developing teacher expertise in the teaching and learning of mathematics in rural and remote regions of Queensland, Australia. The research reported in this paper is from the first year of a longitudinal research and development…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Organizational Culture, Collegiality
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Yoo, Joanne; Carter, Don; Larkin, John – Issues in Educational Research, 2017
This paper is based on a research project designed to cultivate teachers as creative writers and as teachers of creative and critical writing. The project involved both primary and secondary teachers from eight schools located in Sydney, Australia. It documents the evolution of an open-ended research project that aimed to accommodate the needs of…
Descriptors: Research Projects, Creative Writing, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers
Stoll, Louise; Louis, Karen Seashore – Open University Press, 2007
There is great interest internationally in the potential of professional learning communities for enhancing educational reform efforts and sustaining improvement. This international collection, with contributions from researchers and those leading initiatives in five countries, aims to broaden and deepen conceptions and understanding of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Capital, Faculty Development
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Owen, Susanne – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2014
Professional learning community (PLC) is a current "buzz" term in business and educational contexts, seemingly referring to anything from decision making committees to regular meeting groups or collegial learning teams. This paper explores the concept of a PLC within three significantly innovative schools, based on an examination of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, Collegiality, Faculty Development
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Owen, Susanne – Educational Review, 2016
Student-driven "deep learning", teachers as "coaches" and "activators of learning" and positive student-teacher relationships are all part of the changing and significantly innovative educational landscape which requires considerable pedagogical change in teaching and learning processes. Teacher professional learning…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Well Being, Teaching Methods, Learning Processes
Hurst, Chris; Sparrow, Len – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2012
The Swan Valley Cluster of schools for the Make It Count project identified the professional learning of teachers and teaching assistants as a key factor in improving numeracy outcomes for urban Indigenous children. Initial training for assistants began in late 2010 and took the form of workshops based on a modified First Steps in Mathematics…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Indigenous Knowledge, Faculty Development, Teacher Workshops
McMaster, Heather; Cavanagh, Michael – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2016
Many primary pre-service teachers (PSTs) who are enthused by tertiary courses that espouse and model a socio-constructivist approach to teaching mathematics, revert to a traditional approach when they encounter mathematics teaching during professional experience. An intervention was designed to translate the initial pedagogical intent of four…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Faculty Development
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Nolan, Andrea; Morrissey, Anne-Marie; Dumenden, Iris – Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 2013
This paper presents preliminary data from a mentoring program, initiated in response to widespread Government reform policy that targeted early childhood teachers who were new or professionally isolated. It was implemented over a period of two years (2011-2012) in the state of Victoria, Australia. The paper focuses on the voices of these future…
Descriptors: Mentors, Foreign Countries, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Sytsma, Sandra E. – International Electronic Journal for Leadership in Learning, 2006
This exploratory paper presents a challenge for teachers and for pedagogy. Following studies that indicate a need for teachers to use more productive pedagogies to improve student learning, it is here proposed that teachers need to be more radical still to be effective. They need as well to consider how they might be producers of their own acts of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Methods, Educational Change
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Broadley, Tania – Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 2012
Impending changes in Australian education brings forth the expected transformation of teachers working in schools. Three key points for transforming Australian schools has been identified by Gillard (2008a) including the improvement of quality teaching, ensuring every child benefits and mandating transparency and accountability. A number of…
Descriptors: Rural Education, Foreign Countries, Professional Development, Educational Change
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Broadley, Tania – Education in Rural Australia, 2010
In order to sustain the rural education community, access to high quality professional development opportunities must become a priority. Teachers in rural areas face many challenges in order to access professional learning equitable to their city counterparts. In the current climate, the Federal government of Australia is committed to initiatives…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Rural Education, Access to Education, Computer Uses in Education
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McConaghy, Cathryn; Lloyd, Linley; Hardy, Joy; Jenkins, Kathy – Education in Rural Australia, 2006
The academic and social achievements of students in rural schools are very uneven and often absenteeism and suspension rates are high. Factors such as globalisation, economic restructuring, unemployment, youth suicide and family trauma, drought and environmental change (see Bourke & Lockie 2001) also impact on rural schooling and add further…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Teacher Effectiveness, Rural Areas, Beginning Teachers
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Maloney, Carmel; Konza, Deslea – Issues in Educational Research, 2011
This paper describes a school's participation in a project designed to support critical reflection of teachers' beliefs about best practice in early childhood education, and how these beliefs and practices intersected with shifting policies and trends in the broader early childhood field. The "Professional Learning" Project (PL project),…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Cooperation, Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs
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Webb, Ivan; Robertson, Margaret; Fluck, Andrew – Journal of In-service Education, 2005
This article reports on findings from "action research" pilot projects in four Tasmanian primary schools. The projects focused on the provision of professional learning to support the use of information and communication technology (ICT) in teaching and learning. These pilot projects used an approach developed from observations of…
Descriptors: Action Research, Pilot Projects, Faculty Development, Communities of Practice