Current Research

The research section includes evidence to support Communities of Practice and useful links.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Useful ​links – supporting research and other resources

Key papers and references


Evidence to support Communities of Practice

Bell, M., Cordingley, P., & Mitchell, H. (2006). The impact of networks on pupils, practitioners, organisations and the communities they serve. Nottingham: NCSL, Coventry

Bentley, T and Cazaly, C.  (2015). The shared work of learning: lifting educational achievement through collaboration. Mitchell Institute research report No. 01/2015

Brighouse, T. (2007). The importance of collaboration: Creating ‘families of schools’. In J. Clifton (Ed.), Excellence and equity: tackling educational disadvantage in England's secondary schools. London: Institute for Public Policy Research, 2013.
CUREE & NCSL, (2005). Systematic Research Review: the impact of networks on pupils, practitioners and the communities they serve, NCSL.

Department of Education and Training, Victoria (2015). The Education State: Schools

Farrar, M. (2015). Learning together: the power of cluster-based school improvement. Centre for Strategic Education, Paper 246.

Fullan, M. & Munby, S. (2016). Inside-out and downside up: how leading from the middle has the power to transform education systems. Education Development Trust.

Hargreaves, A. & Fullan, M. (2012). Professional Capital: transforming teaching in every school. New York: Teachers College Press/Ontario: Ontario’s Principals Council.

Hargreaves, A. & Fullan, M. (2012). Schools leading schools: the power and potential of national leaders of education.

Hargreaves, Halasz G, & Pont, B. (2007). School leadership for systemic improvement in Finland. OECD Study Report.

Hill, R. & Matthews, P. (2010). Schools leading schools II: the growing impact of national leaders of education.

Jackson, D. & Temperley, J. (2006). From professional learning community to networked learning community. National College for School Leadership.

Holmes, D, Temperley, J & McGregor, J, 2004. Collaborative enquiry in networked learning communities. Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, University of Manchester, September 16–18, 2004. National Foundation for Educational Research, (2007). Interschool Collaboration – A Literature Review.

University of Tasmania. (2011). Communities of Practice Reader. Compiled by Jane Skalicky and Melody West, Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching.

Wenger, E. (2006). Cultivating communities of practice: a quick start‐up guide.