Being a successful teacher means constantly examining your own development to identify blind spots and ensure you engage on a meaningful level with teaching and learning. This book discusses theoretical and conceptual ideas, linked to direct strategies for the classroom, that guide students towards becoming proactive and effective learners, giving them the confidence to take charge of their professional future in teaching. Built around a series of ‘contributing ideas’, this book includes a conceptual framework for critically analysing and thinking about the teaching and learning environment. Examples throughout explore how to make the most of professional learning opportunities so students can take personal control of their learning, through self-regulation and self-monitoring. Strategies for making practical use of these ideas for classroom planning and preparation for learning are also included.

Refining Professional Learning Through Review and Interpretation

Refining Professional Learning Through Review and Interpretation

Refining Professional Learning Through Review and Interpretation

Having read this chapter, you will have an understanding of:

  • the functioning and investigation of the what, why and how phases of a professional learning agenda
  • the evaluative principles and interpretative processes used in analysing and theorizing a professional learning agenda and anticipating potential responses
  • the application of informed analysis and creative responses to the PLA examples of other teacher-learners.


In the previous chapter, you had the opportunity to follow in detail the working through of an interpretive analysis of the professional learning process as developed by Bennie, and to review the potential learning, for you, in engaging with the PLA strategy. Where Bennie’s professional learning was identified and understood, the importance was emphasized of ...

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