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 ?