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ERIC Number: EJ1180757
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0119-5646
Exploring the Characteristics of Professional Learning Communities in China: A Mixed-Method Study
Zhang, Jia; Pang, Nicholas Sun-Keung
Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, v25 n1 p11-21 Feb 2016
This mixed-method study explored the characteristics of professional learning communities (PLCs) in Chinese schools. Informed by the existing literature on PLCs, the authors conducted a questionnaire survey of teachers in seven schools in Shanghai to explore the characteristics of Chinese PLCs. Follow-up qualitative interviews were also conducted to examine the underlying reasons for such characteristics perceived by teachers. Results show that PLCs in the Chinese schools can be conceptualized in terms of collaborative learning, professional competency, facilitative leadership, structural support, and cultural barriers, which can be attributed to school education system, traditional social cultures, and ways of teacher recognition. Practical implications as well as suggestions for future research are also provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China (Shanghai)
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