Great expectations: Teacher learning in a national professional development programme

Kathleen Armour, K. Makopoulou

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This paper reports findings from an evaluation of a national continuing professional development (CPD) programme for teachers in England. Data showed that the localised implementation, opportunities for interactive learning, and 'collective participation' were positive factors. Research participants reported difficulties, however, in 'cascading' knowledge to colleagues and in sustaining and developing their learning. It is argued that these limitations were rooted in an inconsistent theory of learning that underpinned the programme and a failure to conceptualise teachers as 'lead learners' in schools. Wider implications for the design of teachers' professional development are considered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)336-346
Number of pages11
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
Issue number3
Early online date13 Nov 2011
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2012


  • Professional development
  • Physical education and school sport
  • Learning theory
  • Teacher learning


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