Designing Professional Learning for Effecting Change: Partnerships for Local and System Networks

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Title Designing Professional Learning for Effecting Change: Partnerships for Local and System Networks
Author Wyatt-Smith, Claire Maree; Bridges, Susan; Hedemann, Maree; Neville, Mary
Journal Name Australian Educational Researcher
Year Published 2008
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australian Association for Research in Education
Abstract This paper presents (i) a purpose-built conceptual model for professional learning and (ii) a leadership framework designed to support a large-scale project involving diverse sites across the state of Queensland, Australia. The project had as its focus teachercapacity building and ways to improve literacy and numeracy outcomes for students at educational disadvantage. It involved 15 intersectoral clusters and brought together Middle School teachers, principals, curriculum leaders and management personnel from Education Queensland, the Association of Independent Schools Inc., and the Catholic Education Commission. In the paper we discuss how the project worked at the interface of research and practice. Further, we discuss how professional learning was facilitated by a multi-layered approach that acknowledged the importance of research-based learning, curriculum and pedagogic leadership by principals, and strong opportunities for teacher agency through cross-cluster and intersectoral collaboration. In conclusion, we invite readers to consider how the approach represents a radical new way to think about what could count as valued professional learning interactions.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI
Volume 35
Issue Number 3
Page from 1
Page to 20
ISSN 0311-6999
Date Accessioned 2009-12-23
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject Education systems
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1a

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