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ERIC Number: ED521192
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 377
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1242-1552-5
Voices of Secondary High School Principals in the Successful Implementation of a Professional Learning Community: A Multi-Case Study
Wallace, Donna L.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Stephen F. Austin State University
This qualitative multi-case study sought to (a) identify the leadership qualities used by secondary principals in professional learning communities and (b) explore the personal, professional, educational, and institutional factors that shape their practices. The research sites were comprised of five secondary high school campuses that had implemented a professional learning community for at least three consecutive years. Additionally, this study identified the leadership characteristics and attributes of secondary principals whose campuses have moved forward towards continuous improvement. Using with-in case analysis, narratives of the participants were developed to document their lived experiences. Cross-case analysis was then used to determine emergent themes. The themes that emerged contributing to implementation of a professional learning community include: shared purpose, vision and values, persistence, structures for collaboration, common planning period, purposeful staff development, and building leadership capacity. Results of this study determined the following: school administrators and teachers need training in facilitating collaborative meetings, universities need to incorporate course training to promote leadership skills in collaborative settings for both administrators and teachers, professional development for administrators and teachers is needed in both developing and analyzing common assessments. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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