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Prenger, Rilana; Poortman, Cindy L.; Handelzalts, Adam – Journal of Teacher Education, 2019
Teacher professional learning is considered crucial for improving the quality of education. Teacher collaboration in professional learning communities can contribute to the effectiveness of professional development efforts. In the past decade, there has been a shift from within-school to between-school professional learning communities. However,…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teacher Collaboration, Program Effectiveness, Teacher Attitudes
Kirksey, Sean – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Professional learning communities have been labeled as effective and capable of producing continuous school improvement. Despite the merits and popularity of professional learning communities, they have been shown to be an elusive concept to implement. The problem this study addressed was the inconsistent quality of professional learning…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Educational Improvement, Instructional Leadership, Comparative Analysis
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Li, Yang; Tu, Chia-Ching – English Language Teaching, 2018
This research shows the development and influencing factors of high school English teachers' evaluation of professional learning community in Changchun, China. Followed Olivier and Hipp & Huffma's research, the teacher professional learning community evaluation questionnaire was developed by the researchers. 422 English teachers in Changchun…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High Schools, Secondary School Teachers, Communities of Practice
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Vijayadevar, Sukuna; Thornton, Kate; Cherrington, Sue – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2019
Leadership in early childhood education has been promoted as a collaborative process in which all teachers, rather than just the positional leader, are involved. Collaborative leadership practices are not well understood within the marketised Singapore early childhood education context. Beyond mandatory leadership training, little is known about…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Preschool Teachers, Leadership Training, Instructional Leadership
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Cansoy, Ramazan; Parlar, Hanifi – Malaysian Online Journal of Educational Sciences, 2017
The objective of this study is to examine the relationships between the levels of schools for being professional learning communities and teacher professionalism based on teachers' perceptions. The participants were a total of 543 teachers working at elementary, middle and high schools in the Eyüp District of Istanbul. The data were gathered…
Descriptors: Professionalism, Communities of Practice, Teacher Attitudes, Elementary School Teachers
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Philpott, Carey; Oates, Catriona – Professional Development in Education, 2017
Recently there has been growth in researching teacher agency. Some research has considered the relationship between teacher agency and professional learning. Similarly, there has been growing interest in professional learning communities as resources for professional learning. Connections have been made between professional learning communities…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, Foreign Countries, Professional Autonomy
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Easton, Lois Brown – Journal of Staff Development, 2015
This article describes the knowledge and skills that professional learning community members need to create a habit out of their desire. Habits serve educators as signposts of progress toward achieving their desires. They are interim indicators of a professional learning community's success. Ultimately, of course, professional learning communities…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Habit Formation, Professional Education, Group Dynamics
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Zheng, Xin; Yin, Hongbiao; Liu, Yuan; Ke, Zheng – Asia Pacific Education Review, 2016
The building of professional learning communities has been widely recognized as an effective strategy for schools wanting to improve student performance and enhance teachers' professional capacity. This study explored the relationship between leadership practices and professional learning communities, with a particular focus on the mediating role…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Leadership Styles, Communities of Practice, Trust (Psychology)
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Park, Joo-Ho; Lee, In Heok; Cooc, North – Educational Administration Quarterly, 2019
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine how principal support, professional learning communities, collective responsibility, and group-level teacher expectations affect 11th-grade student math achievement. Research Methods: Data for this study were from the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009, administered by the U.S. Department of…
Descriptors: Principals, Communities of Practice, Teacher Expectations of Students, High School Students
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Cherrington, Sue; Thornton, Kate – Professional Development in Education, 2015
Professional learning communities are receiving increasing attention within the schooling sector but empirical research into their development and use within early childhood education contexts is rare. This paper reports initial findings of an exploratory study into the development of professional learning communities in New Zealand's early…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, Early Childhood Education, Faculty Development
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Goodyear, Victoria A.; Parker, Melissa; Casey, Ashley – Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 2019
Background: An extensive and international evidence base positions professional learning communities (PLCs) as an effective continued professional development (CPD) mechanism that can impact on teachers' practices and, in turn, students' learning. The landscape of teacher PLCs is continuously developing; notably through teachers' uses of social…
Descriptors: Social Media, Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Telecommunications
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Bellibas, Mehmet Sukru; Bulut, Okan; Gedik, Serafettin – Professional Development in Education, 2017
A great number of studies have focused on professional learning communities in schools, but only a limited number of studies have treated the construct of professional learning communities as a dependent variable. The purpose of this research is to investigate Turkish schools' capacity for supporting professional learning communities and to…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, Prediction, Human Resources
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Cheah, Yin Hong; Chai, Ching Sing; Toh, Yancy – Research in Science & Technological Education, 2019
Background: Professional learning communities are increasingly recognized for their significance in building teachers' competencies for educational reform. However, the knowledge development cycle of technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK) through multiple professional learning communities is not well researched. Purpose: This…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Technological Literacy, Faculty Development
Fernandez, Alexandra – ProQuest LLC, 2017
This qualitative study examined the elements of professional learning communities within Catholic elementary schools. The purpose of this study was to investigate best practices of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) as reported by elementary principals in a random sample of Catholic elementary schools. The researcher interviewed 14…
Descriptors: Catholic Schools, Elementary School Teachers, Religious Education, Sustainability
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Parlar, Hanifi; Polatcan, Mahmut; Cansoy, Ramazan – International Journal of Educational Management, 2020
Purpose: Professional learning communities that merge under the same goal in schools where social relationship networks are strong can contribute to creating an atmosphere which provides a basis for innovativeness. In this study the relationships between social capital, innovativeness climate and professional learning communities were examined…
Descriptors: Social Capital, Communities of Practice, Public Schools, Social Networks
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