ERIC Number: EJ908981
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
A View of Professional Learning Communities through Three Frames: Leadership, Organization, and Culture
Mullen, Carol A.; Schunk, Dale H.
McGill Journal of Education, v45 n2 p185-203 2010
In this discussion of professional learning communities (PLCs) in North American public schools, we examine three theoretical frames--leadership, organization, and culture. Issues related to learning are infused throughout our presentation of the frames. Based on our analysis of the current literature on this topic, PLCs offer a promising tool for system-wide change and collaborative mentorship in public schools. Implications for collaborative mentorship within PLCs are uncovered in relation to the professional learning of teachers and leaders and their community development. We dovetail the literature on learning, learning communities, and mentoring in order to identify such expanded possibilities for school teams that are supported by practical examples of change.
Descriptors: Public Schools, Leadership, Learning Activities, Discourse Communities, Educational Change, Mentors, Cultural Influences, Educational Administration, Organization, Professional Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North America