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Research lectures, seminars and events

The events listed in this area are research seminars, workshops and lectures hosted by Durham University departments and research institutes. If you are not a member of the University, but  wish to enquire about attending one of the events please contact the organiser or host department.


Research Seminar: Professional Learning Network processes and the link to student outcomes: a conceptual model of impact and research opportunities

6th May 2020, 13:00 to 14:00, Dr Cindy Poortman, University of Twente, Netherlands

This will be a virtual seminar using Teams. Contact for details about how to take part.

Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) of educators represents a promising approach to achieving continuous school improvement. At the same time, several systematic reviews and meta-analyses in this field report multiple conceptual and methodological challenges, as well as mixed results at most. We propose a conceptual model of what defines PLNs, enactment process variables, and influencing factors, showing our theory-of-action for how PLNs can be effective. Secondly, the aim is to contribute to the methodological development of the field by proposing how research can link what happens in PLNs to changes in outcomes for students. We discuss PLN research challenges and how these can be addressed in terms of the theory of action, research design and measurement. Examples are making use of more rigorous research to define PLN enactment process variables and study PLN effectiveness both at the teacher and student level (i.e. systematic reviews and RCT designs), and making use of innovative ways of data collection and analysis, for example from the field of big data in education.

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