The Marconi ECT Project and the Design of Professional Development

Dr Peter Branson
2002, Vol. 7, No. 2,


This paper is a summary of a dissertation presented for the degree of MA at Keele University in June 2001 and awarded in November 2001. The dissertation focused on the professional development opportunity called the Marconi ECT Project that took place in Staffordshire between 1998 and 2000. The main objectives of this course of study were: to consider the long term effects of an in-depth, long-term period of INSET in the area of electronic systems within design and technology; to record teachers' sense of professionalism as a result of a significant investment of time and resources; to record teachers' confidence and competence levels as a result of this in-depth INSET; and to consider lessons to be learned for the design of future INSET.

The conclusions arising from this study are that any effective teacher professional development n

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