The role of pupils in constructing networked learning communities

Thomson, Pat and Brown, Elizabeth (2004). The role of pupils in constructing networked learning communities. In: European Conference on Educational Research (ECER2004), 22-25 Sep 2004, Rethymnon, Crete.


The Department for Education and Skills, through LEAs and the National College for School Leadership, has promoted the idea of schools working together as networks to share learnings about school improvement. A large number of Networked Learning Communities (NLCs) has been formed: over 100 networks consisting of more than 1,000 schools have been funded. NLCs are expected to research the improvement strategies they adopt, as well as to document the ways in which the network functions and develops.
This action research project added to an existing funded NLC a pupil-led ICT component. By supporting pupils to experiment with a range of ICT based communication strategies, this project aimed to help the NLC to develop their commitment to 'pupil voice' and to trial systematically an effective intra-communication and learning platform.

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