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Kapp-Heifner, Kelli Elise – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The purpose of this qualitative case study was to examine the perceptions online adjunct higher education faculty have towards the use of professional learning communities as a component of their pedagogical training. This research emerged from two trends in higher education, adjunct faculty reliance and online education. This research addressed…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Communities of Practice, Adult Learning, Learning Theories
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Chauraya, Million; Brodie, Karin – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
Professional learning communities as a form of teacher development have been in existence internationally for some time now and more recently in South Africa. Although strong claims have been made for their influence on teacher practices, very few research studies have investigated these claims. This paper presents a case study that connects…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, Mathematics Teachers
Ford, Eastman Bryant, Jr. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Historically, there have been different types of instructional practice in education. Before the mid-1980s, administrators pushed content. In the mid-1980s, it was Effective Teaching with the Six-Point Lesson Plan. There were many observations with the Career Ladder of which the researcher was a participant in the pilot program. There came…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Parent Surveys, Teacher Surveys, Mathematics Teachers
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Christ, Tanya; Arya, Poonam; Chiu, Ming Ming – Teaching Education, 2017
This study focused on two professional learning communities (PLCs) situated in literacy education practica courses. How four PLC resources (colleagues, facilitators, readings, and videos) were related to outcomes, including teachers' learning, teachers' application of this learning, and subsequent students' learning, was examined. Participants…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, Outcomes of Education, Lesson Plans
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Dillon, Anna – Childhood Education, 2018
The third annual research symposium at Zakher KG School in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates (UAE), presented an exciting opportunity for the 33 teachers in the school to present their findings from classroom-based action research conducted within their professional learning communities. In this brief article, one attendee describes an unexpected…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Researchers, Action Research, Communities of Practice
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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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Zangori, Laura; Foulk, Jaimie; Sadler, Troy D.; Peel, Amanda – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2018
Engaging learners in modeling practices can promote substantial science learning, and anchoring science teaching in societal issues can promote student motivation to learn and make learning experiences more meaningful. However, elementary teachers have had few prior experiences with either modeling or socioscientific issues (SSI) and so are…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Faculty Development, Communities of Practice
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Barzanò, Giovanna; Cortiana, Paola; Jamison, Ian; Lissoni, Maria; Raffio, Lorenzo – Multicultural Education Review, 2017
In today's multicultural world, digital tools may become a powerful means to building a culture of dialogue that supports "culturally responsive" teaching within imaginative multicultural learning environments. Students can develop global competencies, learning more about others' and their own culture as part of their personal…
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, Cultural Awareness
Joyner, Barbara – ProQuest LLC, 2017
In 1 urban Tennessee school, students in Grades 3 through 5 had not met adequate yearly progress in reading for the past 5 years. The purpose of this case study was to explore teachers' perceptions of current district-recommended teaching practice in reading. The research questions related to current instructional strategies, teaching practices,…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Reading Instruction, Reading Strategies
Gray, Elicia K. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Students with disabilities are reading at levels lower than their nondisabled peers. Some school districts have incorporated Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) to assist in closing the reading achievement gap between students with disabilities and students without disabilities. There is a gap in the literature regarding which PLC-implemented…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Communities of Practice, Reading Achievement, Achievement Gap
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Hutchison, Amy C.; Woodward, Lindsay – Teachers College Record, 2018
Background: Presently, models of professional development aimed at supporting teachers' technology integration efforts are often short and decontextualized. With many schools across the country utilizing standards that require students to engage with digital tools, a situative model that supports building teachers' knowledge within their…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Technology Integration, Faculty Development
Lepe-Ramirez, Adriana – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Numerous studies have found that students of color are often subject to teacher biases or negative preconceptions. These biases often result in barriers and limitations that negatively impact students' academic achievement and social and emotional development. Studies have also documented the impact of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) in…
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Administrator Attitudes, Communities of Practice, Teaching Methods
Spencer-Johnson, Elizabeth J. – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) have emerged in the last 20 years as a popular professional development initiative. However, despite a wealth of PLC literature available, researchers have found that forming teacher communities does not automatically result in improved teaching practices that support student learning. This qualitative…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teacher Attitudes, Secondary School Teachers, Principals
Cheng, Pamela L. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Calls for educational technology integration over more than thirty years have taken on new urgency in an era of computerized assessments for accountability. As Internet Communication Technology (ICT) becomes more widely available, the digital divide is evolving into a digital use divide, characterized by differences between students' productive…
Descriptors: Technology Integration, Communities of Practice, Discourse Analysis, Information Technology
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White, Dorothy Y.; Gomez, Carlos Nicolas; Rushing, Fred; Hussain, Nicholas; Patel, Kristina; Pratt, Jason – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2018
Take a moment to think about the students class. What are their mathematical strengths? How can a teacher know a mathematical strength when they see it? Can teachers identify at least one mathematical strength for every student? More important, how are teachers using students' strengths in their mathematics classrooms? Teaching is a complex…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics, Middle Schools, Communities of Practice
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