ERIC Number: ED439490
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing a School Staff as a Community of Professional Learners.
Hord, Shirley M.; Meehan, Merrill L.; Orletsky, Sandra; Sattes, Beth
Issues...about Change, v7 n1 1999
This document describes the development of an instrument designed to assess the implementation of a professional learning community among school staff. It describes the growing need for such instruments as schools increasingly deviate from traditional approaches in education in their efforts to enhance student learning. An instrument that could be used as a screening or assessment tool to ascertain the maturity of staffs as learning communities could help researchers conduct studies of schools that were clear examples of communities of professional learners, providing insights on how a professional learning community is created in a school. Such an instrument could be used to collect baseline data to determine if the development of a school staff resulted in a community of professional learners, to explore the pacing and time required by different schools in different contexts, and to employ the instrument as a diagnostic tool. The article outlines the structure of the instrument, which was initially titled "Descriptors of Professional Learning Communities," and consists of 17 descriptors grouped into five major areas of dimensions. It details the pilot and field testing of the instrument and provides results of data analyses, descriptive analysis, reliability analyses, and validity analyses. (Contains 10 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.