ERIC Number: ED468685
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
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Documenting and Examining Practices in Creating Learning Communities: Exemplars and Non-Exemplars.
Hipp, Kristine A.; Huffman, Jane B.
Though promising as an implement for school reform, few professional learning centers (PLCs) have turned the vision into reality. This paper looks at how PLCs develop and maintain momentum. It examines and documents efforts in schools actively engaged in creating PLCs based on Hord's model. Hord's model employs external change agents, or codevelopers. Research, conducted in nine states, was built on five dimensions from Hord's model: (1) shared and supportive leadership; (2) shared vision and values; (3) collective learning and application; (4) supportive conditions; and (5) shared personal practice. Data for the study reported in this paper were collected from 58 structured interviews with administrators and teachers, the last round of data collection for a 5-year project. The interviews were analyzed using the five dimensions. Key findings include the importance of leadership from school principals and the need to create a culture of trust, respect, and inclusiveness with a focus on relationships. The evidence supports the distinct yet overlapping nature and interdependency of the five dimensions. In addition, 14 indicators emerged through data analysis that helped to reconfigure and expand the model. Briefly, the new model involves the entire professional staff in continuous learning and collaboration. (Contains 5 appendices and 19 references.) (WFA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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