The project will examine case studies of two specific types of PLN: Research Learning Networks in England and the learning networks forming part of the Developing Potential – Empowering schools project in Germany. Using cross case analysis, the principal outcome of the work will be the exploration and identification of the key generalisable leadership factors, actions and system level support for leaders required to maximise the benefits to schools of being involved in PLN type activity and to ensure PLNs can drive positive educational change.
Professor Chris Brown is Professor of Education at the University of Portsmouth, School of Education and Sociology. Chris is seeking to drive forward the notion of Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) as a means to promote the collaborative learning of teachers. The aim of this collaborative learning is to improve both teaching practice and student outcomes, not only in individual schools, but also in the school system more widely.