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Chris Brown, Professor

Professor in Education at University of Warwick

Professor Chris Brown is Professor in Education and Director of Research at Durham University’s School of Education. Chris is seeking to drive forward the notion of Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) as a means to promote the collaborative learning of teachers. The aim of this collaborative learning is to improve both teaching practice and student outcomes, not only in individual schools, but also in the school system more widely. To this end Chris has co-edited one book in this area, Networks for Learning: Effective Collaboration for Teacher, School and System Improvement (Routledge, 2018); is co-editor of the Emerald’s Professional Learning Networks Book Series (and has also contributed one book to this series); and is co-founder and co-convener of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement’s Professional Learning Networks research network. Chris was also recently awarded a significant research grant by Bosch Foundation to examine the effectiveness of area-based reforms: in themselves a specific form of PLN.

Alongside his research into PLNs Chris also has a long-standing interest in how research evidence can and should, but often doesn’t, aid the development of education policy and practice. Here Chris has edited authored five books, including Achieving Evidence-Informed Policy and Practice in Education (Emerald Publishing, 2017), scores of papers and has presented and keynoted on the subject at a number of international conferences in Europe, Asia and North and South America. Chris also has extensive experience of leading a range of funded projects, many of which seek to help practitioners to identify and scale up best practice. These include an evaluation of England’s progress towards an evidence informed school system (funded by England’s Department for Education) and a grant the Education Endowment Foundation to work with 100+ primary schools in England to increase their use of research.

Chris Brown's contributions

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