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What is Quality Learning?
Founded in the theories of Dr W Edwards Deming and others, the Quality Learning approach can be summarised as four areas that Deming called Profound Knowledge. To improve any organisation requires focusing on these four areas.
While Quality Learning is particularly applicable to schools, it also has great relevance to industry and government from where it originated.
See video clips of Quality Learning in action.
Read our papers about Quality Learning.Quality Learning can be summarised as well established and proven Principles.
In a school setting, the Quality Learning approach challenges students to accept responsibility for their learning. For this to happen, teachers must assist students to become response-able, able to respond to this challenge.
and his students created a spectrum to describe this in terms of the types of relationships that might exist between teacher and student. The tools and methods of Quality Learning assist in creating a more 'enabling learning environment'.
Quality Learning is already making a substantial difference to hundreds of Australian schools.
Benefits of Quality Learning
What evidence do we have that Quality Learning makes a difference?
QiS and SISP Report (2004)
In 2004, QLA commissioned a survey into the impact of the Quality in Schools (QiS) and Quality Improvement in Schools and Prechools (QISP) initiatives of 1997 to 2003. The purpose of each of these initaitives was to introduce schools to the principles and practices of Quality Learning.
Schools reported significantly positive responses in respect to the impact of the initiatives on the school overall, leadership, developing a culture of continuous improvement and continuing to apply what was learned.
Download a copy of the report. (pdf 285k)
QLA has taken the findings of this study into account in the development of our Foundations in Quality Learning seminar series.
Doctoral Research Findings (2009)
In 2009 Dr. Jane Kovacs completed her doctoral study on the impact of the Quality Learning approach on improving school performance.
Key findings of the study included:
Interaction Chart showing rate of overall improvement in Student Achievement performance by Quality (blue) and Like (red) schools (2003-2005).
Correlation Chart showing positive correlation between the depth of deployment of the Quality Learning approach (as measured by self-assessment) and Staff Satisfaction.
A brief paper summarising the research findings is available. Click here for a copy.
Seaford 6-12 School, Adelaide, was recipient of the
Mordialloc College, Melbourne, was highly commended for
QLA is proud to have been supporting Seaford 6-12 School and Mordialloc College with their improvement efforts over the past ten years.
Case study videos of these schools are now available.
QLA can help you and your colleagues experience these benefits. Contact us to explore the best options for you.
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