Fogarty Learning Centre, Edith Cowan University
Place of Publication
Joondalup, Western Australia
School of Education, Fogarty Learning Centre
The Association of Independent Schools in Western Australia (AISWA)
The PALL project commenced in March 2011 with principals and other school leaders of 19 schools from the Association of Independent Schools in Western Australia, and concluded in November 2012. Participants attended five professional learning modules that centred on the leadership of literacy learning (specifically reading) and carried out activities between modules to connect their learning with practical action in their schools. Supporting these activities was a Mentor, whose task was to assist principals to understand and internalise key messages from the workshops, to implement interventions in reading consistent with the learning undertaken during the modules, and to support leaders as they evaluated the effects of the school’s literacy intervention.
A number of methods were implemented to evaluate the project: an extended interview with the project mentor, whose role in the project afforded him a unique insight into the extent to which school leaders responded to the project content; analysis of questionnaires completed by participating leaders, and by a sample of teachers who were integrally involved in the project; analysis of the pre-and post data gained from a Survey of Leaders’ Literacy Knowledge and Beliefs; and an analysis of the 17 in-school intervention evaluations...