The Power of Pedagogy: When All Else Fails

By Deslea Konza and Susan Main.

Published by The International Journal of Learning: Annual Review

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This paper reports on a multi-school professional learning project intended to support teachers to improve their instructional skills for children with reading difficulties. Forty-nine Year Two teachers and school-based literacy coordinators from seven metropolitan schools in an Australian capital city participated in a professional learning program throughout one school year. The impact of the professional learning program was evaluated using standardized measures of student outcomes as well as surveys of teacher knowledge and satisfaction. The overall outcomes of the project were positive, with accelerated outcomes for the students overall, but there were lessons to be learnt regarding researching and delivering professional learning in schools. In particular, the complexities associated with professional learning in a multiple school context are explored, as is ensuring research is conducted effectively to enable evaluation of the outcomes.

Keywords: Professional Learning, Literacy, Teacher Knowledge

22nd International Journal of Learning: Annual Review, Volume 22, pp.9-29. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: October 29, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 786.164KB)).

Dr. Deslea Konza

Director - Fogarty Learning Centre, Faculty of Arts and Education, School of Education, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, WA, Australia

Dr. Susan Main

Academic, School of Education, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia