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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
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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Burke, Anne; Collier, Diane R. – Teacher Development, 2017
This article shares teachers' conversations within teacher inquiry groups and considers how this reflective approach has potential for transforming teachers' practices. Conversations took place at the early stages of a longer teacher inquiry project and centred on the critical interrogation of social justice-oriented children's literature. These…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Inquiry, Childrens Literature, Teacher Attitudes
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Dobbs, Christina L.; Ippolito, Jacy; Charner-Laird, Megin – Professional Development in Education, 2017
In order to be effective, professional development efforts are most promising if they are context specific and focus on supporting collaboration. Increasingly, schools initiate professional development with small groups of teachers, with the intention that the effects of the initiatives will spill over to other school personnel. This study follows…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Qualitative Research, Communities of Practice, Faculty Development
Flora, Terry E. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
This dissertation presents the findings of an exploratory, multiple-case study in which eight public secondary school teachers engaged in a professional development (PD) program centered on improving teacher instruction for English learners (ELs). The participants worked as co-teachers with teacher credential candidates, serving as both mentors…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Mentors, Team Teaching, Teacher Attitudes
Knight, Megan E. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Today's grading practices mirror those of the early 1900s, and despite myriad research suggesting they are invalid, unreliable, and a hindrance to student learning, many teachers continue detrimental practices such as using 100-point percentage scales averaging all academic and nonacademic factors together into a single grade, and using grades to…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, High Schools, Teacher Attitudes, Grading