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Zheng, Xin; Yin, Hongbiao; Liu, Yuan; Ke, Zheng – Asia Pacific Education Review, 2016
The building of professional learning communities has been widely recognized as an effective strategy for schools wanting to improve student performance and enhance teachers' professional capacity. This study explored the relationship between leadership practices and professional learning communities, with a particular focus on the mediating role…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Leadership Styles, Communities of Practice, Trust (Psychology)
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Qiao, Xuefeng; Yu, Shulin – Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, 2016
This qualitative case study examines the perspectives and experiences of seven Chinese primary teachers on the integration of shared knowledge artefacts into teaching in professional learning communities. The analysis of the semi-structured interviews and observation data revealed that using knowledge artefacts, such as preview sheets, flowing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Teacher Attitudes
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Zhang, Jia; Pang, Nicholas Sun-Keung – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2016
This quantitative study investigated and compared the development of professional learning communities in schools located in two Chinese cities, namely, Shanghai and Mianyang. The two cities have significant differences in terms of educational, economic, social, and cultural development. While Shanghai is a directly controlled municipality in East…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Statistical Analysis, Comparative Analysis, Communities of Practice
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Sargent, Tanja Carmel – Comparative Education Review, 2015
Pedagogical innovations have been diffusing unevenly through the Chinese education system as a result of the implementation of the New Curriculum Reforms. Drawing on large-scale linked teacher and principal survey data from the Gansu Survey of Children and Families, this article investigates the extent to which interlocking teacher networks, which…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Instructional Innovation, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries
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Wang, Ting – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2016
This article presents findings of a qualitative study on school leadership and professional learning community in two high achieving senior high schools in Northeast China. The findings show that teachers participated in school-based communities of professional learning, such as Teaching and Research Groups, Lesson Preparation Groups, and Grade…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Instructional Leadership, Communities of Practice, High Achievement
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Wang, Ting – Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 2015
Drawing on data from a larger study on Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and School Leadership in China, this article investigates the practices of teacher collaboration and PLCs in two urban, high-performing secondary schools in Northeast China. Qualitative data were collected from observations, documents and in-depth semi-structured…
Descriptors: Asians, Communities of Practice, Foreign Countries, Teacher Collaboration
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Sargent, Tanja C.; Hannum, Emily – Journal of Teacher Education, 2009
Teacher professional learning communities provide environments in which teachers engage in regular research and collaboration. They have been found effective as a means for connecting professional learning to the day-to-day realities faced by teachers in the classroom. In this article, the authors draw on survey data collected in primary schools…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Rural Areas, Rural Schools
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Huffman, Jane B.; Olivier, Dianne F.; Wang, Ting; Chen, Peiying; Hairon, Salleh; Pang, Nicholas – International Journal of Leadership in Education, 2016
The authors seek to find common PLC structures and actions among global educational systems to enhance understanding and practice. Six international researchers formed the Global Professional Learning Community Network (GloPLCNet), conducted literature reviews of each country's involvement with PLC actions, and noted similarities and common…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Communities of Practice, Networks, Interviews
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Wong, Jocelyn L. N. – Asia Pacific Education Review, 2010
The concept of "professional learning community" (PLC) has been suggested as a tool to improve teachers' professional competency and students' learning outcomes since the mid-1990s. In such a community, teachers can share their individual practices with the aim of searching for "good practice" based on the outcome of collective…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Competence, Teaching Methods
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Lee, Kar-Tin; Chalmers, Christina; Chandra, Vinesh; Yeh, Andy; Nason, Rod – Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, 2014
This paper reports on a Professional Learning Programme undertaken by primary school teachers in China that aimed to facilitate the development of "adaptive expertise" in using technology to facilitate innovative science teaching and learning such as that envisaged by the Chinese Ministry of Education's (2010--2020) education reforms.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers, Faculty Development, Science Instruction
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Lee, Kar-Tin; Chalmers, Christina; Vinesh, Chandra; Yeh, Andy; Nason, Rod – Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 2014
This paper reports on the initial phase of a Professional Learning Program (PLP) undertaken by 100 primary school teachers in China that aimed to facilitate the development of adaptive expertise in using technology to facilitate innovative science teaching and learning such as that envisaged by the Chinese Ministry of Education's (2010-2020)…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers, Faculty Development, Technological Literacy
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Ryan, Janette; Kang, Changyun; Mitchell, Ian; Erickson, Gaalen – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2009
The current round of basic education curriculum reform in China is considered by many to be the most radical and wide-reaching. However, very little is known about education reform at the school level. Here we document and discuss some of the challenges and opportunities that the reform programme is providing for teachers and schools. We describe…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Teacher Researchers
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Song, Huan – Chinese Education and Society, 2012
As mainland China seeks to implement its curriculum reforms, efforts to apply reform concepts emphasizing teacher empowerment have not been very successful. Theory and policy indicate that one possible solution is to establish a teachers' professional learning community (PLC). This study conducted a survey of thirty-two high schools in three…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Foreign Countries, Educational Change, High Schools
Shoho, Alan R., Ed.; Barnett, Bruce, Ed.; Tooms, Autumn K., Ed. – IAP - Information Age Publishing, Inc., 2011
This edited book highlights the importance and complexity of the assistant principalship. As noted in all the chapters, the assistant principal is a critical partner in creating a professional learning community that serves all students well. Often neglected or ignored in the literature, assistant principals are more than disciplinarians and…
Descriptors: Assistant Principals, Administrator Education, Administrator Role, Administrator Responsibility
Orem, Richard A., Ed. – 2002
This document contains 41 papers and 11 poster session presentations from a conference on research-to-practice in adult, continuing, and community education. The following are among the papers included: "Learning in a Multicultural Environment" (Mansur Abdullah, Cory Eisenberg, Willard C. Hall Jr., Pauline Valvo); "How to Engage in…
Descriptors: Adoption (Ideas), Adult Education, Adult Learning, Adult Programs