Professor Sally Thomas, Dr. Lei Zhang and SoE PhD student Dini Jiang visited China mainland and Taiwan in November 2017 to launch the East Asian Professional Learning Community (PLC) policy brief and the East Asian PLC toolkit. The key aim of these new teacher professional development materials is to enhance schools as professional learning communities as well as the research impact of the ESRC DFID funded “Improving Teacher Development and Educational Quality in China” (ITDEQC) and “Improving Educational Evaluation and Quality In China” (IEEQC) projects.
During the trip, the team led three workshops in Beijing, one workshop in Yuxi Education Bureau (Yunnan) and two workshops in Taiwan for 150+ headteachers, teacher representatives and local government officials as well as researchers and postgraduate students. The ITDEQC team have translated into Chinese the PLC booklets used in the original research (Stoll, L., Bolam, R., McMahon, A., Thomas, S., Wallace, M., Greenwood, A. & Hawkey, K., 2006) and produced an ITDEQC Policy Brief and Teachers PLC Toolkit, adapted for the Chinese context. These documents are freely available via this link: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/education/research/sites/ieeqc/research-impact/
The new materials are aimed at teachers, school leaders and other leaders of professional learning. We hope they will provide food for thought in promoting teacher learning and developing schools as professional learning communities in Chinese and similar country contexts in East Asia.
Seminar introducing the PLC concept and ITDEQC PLC materials for local school teachers, policy makers and academics at Peking University, Beijing on 7th Nov 2017
Seminar and workshop introducing the PLC concept and ITDEQC PLC materials for local school teachers and policy makers at Beijing Normal University, Beijing on 8th Nov 2017
A Seminar and workshop introducing the PLC concept and ITDEQC PLC materials for local school teachers and policy makers at Yuxi Education Bureau, Yunnan on 10th Nov 2017
A Seminar and workshop introducing the PLC concept and ITDEQC PLC materials for local school teachers and policy makers at National Chung Cheng University, Chiayi County, Taiwan on 17th Nov 2017.