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Writing instruction study benefits from teachers' insights

By Elizabeth Foster
August 2019
Vol. 40 No. 4
The debate about how to measure and quantify the impact of professional learning on teachers and students is often peppered with statements about how we don’t know what works. In fact, many studies that examine a specific strategy or program, often as a component of a larger professional learning system, find measurable positive effects. These studies are important to educators, professional learning advocates, and the field as a whole. Understanding both the specificity and the generalizability of such studies helps build an awareness that professional learning is critical and has impact, especially when we carefully consider which strategies work for which educators and students under what conditions. Learning Forward is working to bring precision to conversations about the outcomes of professional learning, especially by examining

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Elizabeth Foster (elizabeth.foster@learningforward.org) is associate director of standards, research, and strategy at Learning Forward. In each issue of The Learning Professional, Foster explores recent research to help practitioners understand the impact of particular professional learning practices on student outcomes.

The Study

McKeown, D., Brindle, M., Harris, K.R., Sandmel, K., Steinbrecher, T.D., Graham, S. … Oakes, W.P.  (2019, June). Teachers’ voices: Perceptions of effective professional development and classwide implementation of self-regulated strategy development in writing. American Educational Research Journal, 56(3), 753-791.

 

Let us hear from you

Do you have thoughts about this study or have recommendations of other research you’d like to see us cover? Email me at elizabeth.foster@learningforward.org.

References

Learning Forward. (2011). Standards for Professional Learning. Oxford, OH: Author.


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Elizabeth Foster (elizabeth.foster@learningforward.org) is vice president, research & standards at Learning Forward. In each issue of The Learning Professional, Foster explores recent research to help practitioners understand the impact of particular professional learning practices on student outcomes.


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