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Antinluoma, Markku; Ilomäki, Liisa; Lahti-Nuuttila, Pekka; Toom, Auli – Journal of Education and Learning, 2018
The main objectives in building professional learning communities are to improve teachers' professionalism and well-being, and create positive impacts on student learning. It is a question of changing the school culture. The main objective of this quantitative study was to investigate the maturity level of thirteen Finnish schools as professional…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Collegiality, School Culture, Institutional Characteristics
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Brown, Benjamin D.; Horn, Rolanda S.; King, Gwendolyn – Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, 2018
During recent decades, professional learning communities (PLCs) have enhanced education from lower grade levels through college years, with many resulting benefits. PLCs provide an environment that encourages professional development, collaboration and innovation among teachers. Research suggests positive school reform occurs when teachers…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Communities of Practice, Faculty Development
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Kezar, Adrianna; Gehrke, Sean; Bernstein-Sierra, Samantha – Journal of Higher Education, 2018
The purpose of this article is to describe a new variation of communities of practice: communities of transformation. We define communities of transformation as communities that create and foster innovative spaces that envision a new future. This article is based on research examining four undergraduate STEM faculty communities of practice…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, STEM Education, College Faculty, Educational Policy
Sun, Jennifer – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Reform efforts and changes in mathematics education have brought on a shift towards a new vision of mathematics teaching in the United States. In light of recent accountability standards, the focus on teacher learning within the context of mathematics professional development is even more pressing. Prior research on teacher learning in the context…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Educational Change, Elementary School Teachers
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Hurley, Noel; Seifert, Tim; Sheppard, Bruce – Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 2018
The participants in this study were teachers and students of a large school district located on the east coast of Canada. We distributed surveys to 1,514 teachers across 84 schools and received 1,423 usable surveys for a return rate of 94%. At the time of the second data collection, three years later, 1574 teachers from 78 schools agreed to…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, School Districts, Factor Analysis
Ostlund, Gina – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The purpose of this qualitative case study is to identify how PLCs influence the high school English teachers' practice in response to key instructional shifts within teaching standards in the Southwest United States. Legislation from the last two decades puts expectations in place that raise the bar for American students and their teachers…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Educational Change, Academic Standards, Language Arts
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Borda, Emily; Warren, Shannon; Coskie, Tracy L.; Larson, Bruce E.; Hanley, Dan; Cohen, Jessica – School-University Partnerships, 2018
The Whole School Success Partnership (TWSSP) worked to develop practices and cultures that emphasized student success in five middle and high schools. Because this project took place in secondary schools where teachers have disciplinary specializations, the whole school approach came with unique opportunities and challenges. Here we describe how…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Educational Change, Secondary Schools, Partnerships in Education
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Newberry, Melissa; Sanchez, Lucy Ordaz; Clark, Sarah K. – Teacher Education Quarterly, 2018
The teaching profession, at its core, is relational. Professional development of teachers is provided in many ways: one day seminars, professional learning communities, mentoring, etc. However, there has been little attention to the interaction between the teachers involved in the process and what influence this interaction has on their…
Descriptors: Interprofessional Relationship, Teaching (Occupation), Faculty Development, Communities of Practice
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Shen, Jianping; Gao, Xingyuan; Xia, Jiangang – Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 2017
The notion of schools as "loosely coupled" organizations has been widely discussed in the research literature. Many argue it is either a protective mechanism for schools to buffer external pressure or a barrier for implementing new reforms. Against the backdrop of systemic change and accountability, we applied a two-level hierarchical…
Descriptors: Schools, Educational Change, Accountability, Hierarchical Linear Modeling
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Logan, Tricia; Murphy, Karen – Comparative Education, 2017
This commentary closes this special issue with the reflections from two individuals who, like many in these fields, cross the boundaries between scholar, activist and practitioner in their work with young people, teachers and wider society. They bring their experiences working with difficult pasts in the service of better futures to the…
Descriptors: Justice, Educational Change, Communities of Practice, Administrator Attitudes
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Lee, Daphnee Hui Lin; Lee, Wing On – Journal of Educational Change, 2018
This mixed-methods study employed Hargreaves and Fullan's (Professional capital: transforming teaching in every school, Teachers College Press, New York, 2012) concept of professional capital to re-examine whether professional learning communities (PLCs) transformed instructional practices in contexts that endorse hierarchical cultures. PLCs that…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Communities of Practice, Transformative Learning, Educational Practices
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Carpenter, Daniel – International Journal of Educational Management, 2018
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore shared workspace and professional learning community (PLC) interactions in schools. The collaborative culture and PLCs were parts of the school culture. The collaborative culture of each school was designed to ensure teachers share intellectual and physical contributions in learning to investigate…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Learning Activities, Communities of Practice, Grounded Theory
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Li, Minyi; Grieshaber, Sue – Educational Philosophy and Theory, 2018
Chinese kindergartens' over 110 years of adaptation of foreign models is a vivid example of how globalization comes into direct contact with Chinese culture and creates cultural hybridities. Learning Stories as a narrative assessment tool to children's development from New Zealand, has swept China with the endorsement from the professional…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Professional Development
Whitaker, Todd – Eye on Education, 2018
Being a cheerleader for innovation or change is great. Implementing specific strategies to increase the likelihood of success is essential. In this key book from bestselling author and speaker Todd Whitaker, you'll discover clear ways to lead and manage school change by setting realistic goals, planning your approach, and tracking your progress.…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Strategic Planning, Educational Innovation, School Restructuring
Bradshaw, Elizabeth A. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The paper explores if systemic implementation of collaborative practices impacts the educational culture of a school. Using the fundamental principles of Professional Learning Communities, the research analyzed what collaborative practices were implemented and if they were successful as cultural change agents. Section one discusses the different…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Public Schools, Program Implementation, School Culture
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