Developing and Sustaining professional Dialogue about Teaching and Learning in Schools

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Author(s)Baumfield VM, Butterworth M
Publication type Article
JournalJournal of In-service Education
Year2005
Volume31
Issue2
Pages251-265
ISSN (print)1367-4587
ISSN (electronic)1941-5265
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this article presents empirical evidence from a follow-up study of schools which had been members of a school-based research consortium. It offers insight into the work of professional learning communities at the level of practice and so contributes to the growing research interest in probing their development. It investigates the extent to which activities to support professional dialogue that evolved in a school-based research consortium had been sustained and developed three years after the period of external funding. It was found that only those activities most explicitly focused on immediate classroom practice were sustained. The findings support the view that learning partnerships and networks is highly contextualised and consequently not easily transferred.
PublisherRoutledge
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13674580500200361
DOI10.1080/13674580500200361
NotesThis article presents empirical evidence from a follow-up study of schools which had been members of a nationally funded school-based research consortium. It investigates the extent to which activities to support professional dialogue had been sustained and contributes to the growing research interest in the functioning of professional learning communities at the level of practice.
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