Barnett, E., Kafka, T., & Kim, J. (2020). Adult Learning in the New Tech Network’s SCLN Project. New York, NY: National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools and Teaching.
Funded by the ECMC Foundation, this study is one product from a research initiative to document NTN’s four-year South Carolina Learning Network initiative (SCLN). This research included an extensive literature review, interviews, surveys, observations of events, and document analysis.
Sample size: Three school districts
Methods: Case Study
Location: South Carolina
Findings: NTN participants experienced professional growth that manifested in changes in practice. The shift to project-based learning involved more than technical changes in practice; it challenges the established “rhythm” of schooling and requires reflection on beliefs, values, identity, and mindsets. This type of change is necessary for professional growth (Smith, 2001) and was evident in the SCLN.