ERIC Number: ED477527
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr-22
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The Growth of a Professional Learning Community through Collaborative Action Research.
Balach, Claudia A.; Szymanski, George J.
A team of preservice and inservice teachers, an administrator, and a university professor planned and implemented a collaborative action research study in a suburban middle school that was part of a Professional Development School. This study documented the growth of the group as a professional learning community. Data collection involved pre- and posttest surveys and examination of participants' ongoing reflections and personal stories. Results indicated that the group made notable advances in the development of dialogic skills, a shared understanding of how teachers must lead a life of the mind, and realization of how to create a context that supported change. Preservice teachers had been used to more discussion than dialogue, and the idea of everyone listening to each other and suspending judgment throughout came as a surprise to them. Frequently teachers, particularly novices, became bogged down by the day-to-day minutia rather than viewing their profession through the lens of their intellect. The study helped preservice teacher develop their intellectual capabilities. It also helped participants at all levels become aware of how to create a context that supported change. (Contains 28 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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