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Main, Katherine; Pendergast, Donna – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2015
The authors outline the potent relationship between continuing professional development (CPD), teacher efficacy, and student learning outcomes in the context of a major reform of middle years teacher work in Queensland, Australia. The authors explore core features of effective teacher CPD, including content focus, active learning, coherence,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professional Continuing Education, Faculty Development, Middle School Teachers
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Graham, Parry – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2007
This article reports on the results of a mixed method case study investigating the relationship between professional learning community (PLC) activities and teacher improvement in a first-year middle school. Data were collected from core academic sixth, seventh, and eighth grade teachers using a professional development survey, teacher interviews,…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Improvement, Case Studies
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Faulkner, Shawn A.; Cook, Christopher M. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2006
As a result of the pressures of educational reform and high-stakes assessment, some schools run the risk of foregoing active, student-centered learning activities for building test-taking skills and the memorization of discrete facts (Gredler, 1999; Jackson & Davis, 2000). Coupled with the additional pressure to fulfill the expectations of…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Federal Legislation, Educational Philosophy, High Stakes Tests