Thursday, 12 September 2013

To do a doctorate or not to do a doctorate ????

I started to think about doing a doctorate and so started reading research on professional learning in schools. Gosh! I have to say I get pretty frustrated ! These experts ? saying over and over how you need to set up professional learning groups for teachers so that they can share good practice etc etc. They all say the same thing !

- It just seems so shallow. The questions I want to ask are

1) So who sets the group up ?
2) Are the groups set up artificially OR do they serve a function in the school ?
3) Who decides what is worth spending time on ?
4) Who does the teaching or is it enough to be learners together ?
5) What kind of rigour is put in place to ensure that the learning groups make a difference to the students ?
6) Where does achievement data fit with the groups ?
7) Who checks on the quality of the learning ?
8) Who teaches teachers about giving feedback to each other in a way that will make a difference ?
9) Who teaches teachers about accepting feedback that is given ?
10 ) What is the role of the senior leadership team ?
11) What is the role of the students in all of this ?

Maybe I have just not read the right books yet.

The thing is that all these questions are being answered every day in our schools. I am not sure that I can face any more of the literature.

Any Suggestions ?


  1. Are your questions answered in what you are reading? If they are then there is no need to do the research. If they aren't then that suggests there might be a need to do the research. You have to have a topic that you can sustain interest in for several years...

  2. Very interested in the question who teaches teachers about giving effective feedback. Often (always) it seems it is just presumed or learned on he job.