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ERIC Number: EJ894800
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
Curriculum, Coherence, and Collaboration: Building a Professional Learning Community among Instructors in Initial Teacher Education
Peskin, Joan; Katz, Steven; Lazare, Gerald
Teaching Educational Psychology, v5 n2 p23-38 Spr 2009
Although there has been research on "professional learning communities" (PLCs) in schools, little attention has been paid to them in contexts of higher education. This article chronicles the development of a PLC, involving the 18 instructors who teach educational psychology each year to 1,400 preservice teacher candidates. Through questionnaires and interviews it illustrates how we established a coherent, shared conception of what teacher candidates need to learn and of how theory connects to practice. Finally, the authors describe a mature PLC in which there has been a substantive culture change and where group members have also established informal networks that have facilitated smaller joint-work projects. (Contains 1 table.)
Teaching Educational Psychology Special Interest Group (TEP/SIG). Educational Foundations Department, Millersville University, P.O. Box 1002, 1 South George Street, Millersville, PA 17551. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A