Professional Learning Communities: A Strategy for School and System Improvement?

Alma Harris, Michelle Jones

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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to reflect upon a large-scale investment in professional learning communities, as a strategy for school and system improvement, in Wales. The article draws upon the international research evidence about professional learning communities and considers issues of definition and impact. It also charts and reflects upon the progress of a system-wide approach to developing professional learning communities at scale. The article highlights that first, under the right conditions, professional learning communities have the potential to build professional capital. Secondly, it reinforces the need for rigorous and sustained implementation if a lasting impact is to be achieved. The article offers insights and reflections upon a significant investment in professional learning communities, in Wales, as a strategy for school and system improvement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-38
Number of pages23
JournalWales Journal of Education
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017

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