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Hilliard, Ann T. – Contemporary Issues in Education Research, 2012
It is important for leadership teams and faculty members in higher education to create an atmosphere of trust as new and improved ideas are addressed in a professional learning community setting. Prior to the past ten years, many faculty members at the university have been accustomed to working somewhat independently in their own discipline.…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Communities of Practice, Collegiality, Definitions
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Hoaglund, Amy E.; Birkenfeld, Karen; Box, Jean Ann – Education, 2014
According to Richard DuFour (2004), "To create a professional learning community, focus on learning rather than teaching, work collaboratively and hold yourself accountable for results." Professional learning communities provide the structure that must exist within a school in order to become effective. However, to truly prepare…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, Undergraduate Students
Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) - Bureau canadien de l’éducation internationale (BCEI), 2016
As one in a series of CBIE briefs, this report presents the findings of this preliminary leadership skills gap identification exercise for the international education sector in Canada. It concludes with recommended next steps on leadership development to advance the international education sector in Canada and to strengthen the capacity and…
Descriptors: International Education, Skill Analysis, Ability Identification, Context Effect
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Reinholz, Daniel L. – International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2017
Graduate student instructors (henceforth, instructors) play a crucial role in teaching early STEM courses. Thus, professional development for these instructors addresses an urgent need to improve STEM student success. This paper focuses on a semester-long professional learning community in which six mathematics graduate student instructors engaged…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Teachers, Peer Evaluation, Feedback (Response)
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Winslow, Matthew P.; Skubik-Peplaski, Camille; Burkett, Barry – Journal of Faculty Development, 2017
Professional learning communities (PLCs) are an effective way for faculty to learn about pedagogical topics and tactics. However, less is known about how effective they are at changing the teaching practices of the faculty participants and ultimately student learning. This article describes a mixed-method study of such a transfer of knowledge. In…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, Teacher Collaboration
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Shanks, Joyce – School-University Partnerships, 2016
The paper reviews teacher candidates' use of action research and the Professional Learning Community (PLC) concept to support their work in their pre-student teaching field experience. In this research study, teacher candidates are involved in a professional development school relationship that uses action research and PLCs to support candidate…
Descriptors: Action Research, Communities of Practice, Professional Development Schools, Preservice Teacher Education
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Khales, Buad – Journal of Education and Practice, 2016
The present study aims to explore whether the electronic portfolio can influence pre-service teachers' education and to examine how professional learning communities develop through electronic portfolios. To achieve this, twenty-four student-teachers taking a course in early childhood education at Al-Quds University participated in a study to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Student Teacher Attitudes, Portfolios (Background Materials)
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Cooley, Laurel; Vidakovic, Draga; Martin, William O.; Dexter, Scott; Suzuki, Jeff – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2016
In this report we examine students' perceptions of the implementation of carefully designed curriculum materials (called modules) in linear algebra courses at three different universities. The curricular materials were produced collaboratively by STEM and mathematics education faculty as members of a professional learning community (PLC) over…
Descriptors: Student Reaction, Algebra, Student Surveys, Instructional Materials
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Moon, Jodi Saxton – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2016
This case was developed for use with future school leaders in an educational setting. There are several topics of discussion that can be developed, including but not limited to policy implementation, the efficacy of professional learning communities, and improving student learning outcomes. The setting is a solidly performing middle school in the…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Middle School Students, Communities of Practice, Principals
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Lai, Ming; Lim, Cher-Ping; Wang, Lixun – Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 2016
Digital teaching portfolios (DTPs) are increasingly adopted in higher education for various purposes such as assessment, learning, and showcasing. This paper reports on a collective case study of four teaching staff who have developed DTPs with an emphasis on building a professional learning community at a higher education institution. A number of…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Portfolios (Background Materials), Communities of Practice, Higher Education
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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
Burns, Mary Ann – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Dewey (1933) provided the foundation for reflective practice in education with the notion that learning is not in the doing, but rather it is in the thinking about the doing that creates learning. Evidence is growing about the importance of reflection for improving teaching and learning practices to increase student achievement (York-Barr, et al.,…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Reflective Teaching, School Culture
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Gee, Donna; Whaley, Jerita – Mathematics Teacher Education and Development, 2016
Elementary teachers were involved in a two-year grant focused on professional development using lesson study processes to increase their understanding of mathematics content and effective mathematics pedagogy. The primary research questions focused on how 16 elementary teachers described their professional growth after being involved in lesson…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Faculty Development, Teacher Collaboration
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Richmond, Gail; Dershimer, R. Charles; Ferreira, Maria; Maylone, Nelson; Kubitskey, Beth; Meriweather, Alycia – Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 2017
In this paper, we present details of a partnership undertaken by four universities with field-based, alternative STEM teacher preparation programs and a large urban school district to provide ongoing professional support for teachers serving as mentors for individuals preparing for careers in high-poverty schools. We also present key findings…
Descriptors: Mentors, Models, STEM Education, Faculty Development
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Attorps, Iiris; Kellner, Eva – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017
The aim of this article is to describe a design and implementation of a school-university action research project about teaching and learning biology and mathematics in primary school. Nine teachers in grades 1 to 6, in collaboration with two researchers, were using content representation (CoRe) in learning study (LS)-inspired cycle as pedagogical…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Action Research, Program Design, Program Implementation
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