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ERIC Number: ED596744
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Challenges to PLC Enactment in Singapore Hierarchical School System
Hairon, Salleh; Goh, Jonathan Wee Pin; Abbas, Diwi
Australian Association for Research in Education, Paper presented at the Joint Australian Association for Research in Education and New Zealand Association for Research in Education Conference (AARE-NZARE 2014) (Brisbane, Australia, Nov 30-Dec 4, 2014)
Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) have gained much attention in the education scene. Since 2009, the Singapore education policymakers have set their eyes on PLCs as a means of raising the quality of teachers while promoting teacher-led collaborative professional development. With the introduction of the education ministry's PLC model, schools across the nation are adopting PLCs, albeit at different stages and phases of implementation. However, the spirit of teacher learning in communities had started since 2000 with the introduction of a collaborative learning framework coined as 'Learning Circles' where teachers meet in small groups to improve teaching and learning. The education policy initiative in 2009 only served to scale up the endeavour to make it school-wide and system-wide. Since then research studies looking at how PLCs are carried in schools have not been in abundance. This study, which made use of qualitative focused group discussions involving 11 public elementary schools' staff members, sought to highlight challenges faced in the PLC implementation. The findings from the study will not only contribute to the current body of knowledge on PLCs, but also provide a nuanced understanding of the complexities involved PLC implementation taking into consideration the societal and cultural contexts of Singapore.
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore
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