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Turner, Julianne C.; Christensen, Andrea; Kackar-Cam, Hayal Z.; Fulmer, Sara M.; Trucano, Meg – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
Professional learning communities can be effective vehicles for teacher learning and instructional improvement, partly because they help change professional culture. However, little is known about "how" these changes occur. We used activity systems analysis to investigate the development of professional learning communities and their…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Systems Analysis, Instructional Improvement, Teacher Leadership
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Dogan, Selçuk; Tatik, R. Samil; Yurtseven, Nihal – Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, 2017
The main purpose of this study is to adapt and validate the Professional Learning Communities Assessment Revised (PLCA-R) by Olivier, Hipp, and Huffman within the context of Turkish schools. The instrument was translated and adapted to administer to teachers in Turkey. Internal structure of the Turkish version of PLCA-R was investigated by using…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, Factor Analysis, Measures (Individuals)
Reitz, Hazel – ProQuest LLC, 2018
This phenomenological case study examined the link between teacher practice within the classroom and a newly implemented middle school social studies Professional Learning Community (PLC). More specifically, the use of mandates, theories, and activities were investigated through a series of teacher interviews, classroom observations,…
Descriptors: Grade 7, Geography Instruction, Communities of Practice, Middle School Teachers
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Dogan, Selçuk; Yurtseven, Nihal – School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 2018
The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of teachers' professional learning opportunities on instructional quality, which represents a combined approach of behaviorist, cognitivist, and constructivist principles in teaching. We incorporated professional learning communities (PLCs), professional development (PD) days, as well as 3 PD…
Descriptors: Professional Education, Educational Quality, Predictor Variables, Instructional Effectiveness
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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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Enderson, Mary C.; Grant, Melva R.; Liu, Yating – International Journal of Research in Education and Science, 2018
This study was conducted to propose a framework of professional development tasks (PDTs) that may be used to enhance mathematics coaches' content knowledge and understanding of student work, as well as to help them conceptualize their role in facilitating a professional learning community in school. In this qualitative design experiment,…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Coaching (Performance), Probability
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
Sanderson, David Neil – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Music education scholars have questioned the effectiveness of isolated workshop and conference experiences on improving music teacher practices in the classroom. A model of professional development that potentially addresses these concerns is the professional learning community (PLC). In previous investigations of music teacher PLCs, the…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Communities of Practice, Music Teachers, Faculty Development
Hillman, Peter Charles – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Many school districts do not require science in the elementary school curriculum or place significantly more emphasis on the performance of students on the ELA and Math tests. With science education shifting to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), there is a critical need for high quality science instruction in elementary schools. This…
Descriptors: Science Education, Faculty Development, Elementary School Teachers, Middle School Teachers
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Mintrop, Rick; Charles, Jessica – Journal of Educational Change, 2017
Group formation studies are rare in the literature on teacher professional learning communities (PLCs). But they are needed to render realistic scenarios and design interventions for practitioners who work in schools where teachers encounter distress and social adversity. Under these conditions, we may need approaches to PLC development that are…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teamwork, Teacher Collaboration, Disadvantaged Schools
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Cunningham, Matthew P.; Huchting, Karen K.; Fogarty, Diane; Graf, Victoria – Journal of Catholic Education, 2017
After a significant policy change led to the admittance of students with moderate disabilities, St. Agnes School (SAS; pseudonym)--a Catholic PK-8 school in Southern California--implemented an 18-month professional development (PD) program to improve teachers' inclusive classroom practices. Grounded in the theoretical framework of Universal Design…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Disabilities, Access to Education, Observation
Sobolewski-McMahon, Lauren M. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The purpose of this study was to examine the influences of various facets of middle school mathematics teachers' practical rationality on their instructional decision making as they plan to enact the Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice, CCSS-MP1 (perseverance in problem solving) and CCSS-MP3 (communicating and critiquing). The…
Descriptors: Teacher Influence, Mathematics Teachers, Middle School Teachers, Teaching Methods
VanHosen, Wendy – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The purpose of this program evaluation case study was to seek the perceptions of a group of teachers based on their experience with Whole Brain Teaching strategies at a suburban middle school. Perceptions and factors that lead to teacher use of the strategies were explored with the intention of informing stakeholders of whether teachers view these…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Case Studies, Brain Hemisphere Functions, Teaching Methods
Marculitis, Terri – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Writing skills are crucial for student success in school. Students are assessed on their ability to write well using both lower (grammar, sentence structure) and higher (writing to respond to literature, demonstrate understanding of a topic) order skills. Writing is also important beyond the classrooms, as many jobs require the use of strong…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Writing Improvement, Professional Development, Communities of Practice
Swanson Hoyle, Kylie Jayne – ProQuest LLC, 2017
After-school programs, such as a STEM Career Club, can promote student interest, engagement, and awareness of STEM majors and fields, as well as encourage teachers to become more knowledgeable and competent in STEM areas. In this dissertation study, two schools were selected from a larger NSF-funded project to participate in this study. Teacher-…
Descriptors: After School Programs, STEM Education, Clubs, Student Interests
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