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ERIC Number: EJ925055
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 110
ISSN: ISSN-0924-3453
Professional Communities and Student Achievement--A Meta-Analysis
Lomos, Catalina; Hofman, Roelande H.; Bosker, Roel J.
School Effectiveness and School Improvement, v22 n2 p121-148 2011
In the past 3 decades, the concept of professional community has gained considerable momentum in the theoretical and empirical studies in this field. At the same time, the concept has faced conceptual and methodological difficulties in that as yet no universal definition has been formulated and that its operationalization differs in the various empirical studies conducted on the subject. This study presents a comprehensive synthesis of the theories currently available and their implications for the conceptualization and operationalization of the professional community concept including a meta-analysis of the studies that investigated the effect of professional community on student achievement. Our meta-analysis reported a small but significant summary effect (d = 0.25, p less than 0.05), indicating that within a school environment professional community could enhance student achievement. Furthermore, the need for the conceptual and empirical validation of the concept's key dimension was discussed. (Contains 1 figure, 5 tables and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Cited: ED544210; ED548024