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Pang, Nicholas Sun-Keung; Wang, Ting; Leung, Zoe Lai-Mei – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2016
This study explored the characteristics of professional learning communities (PLCs) in Hong Kong primary schools. It investigated the profiles of the strengths of professional learning community in schools under study and particularly examined the practices in schools which were identified as strong PLCs. It extends research on PLCs in the Hong…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Practices, Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice
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Olivier, Dianne F.; Huffman, Jane B. – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2016
As the Professional Learning Community (PLC) process becomes embedded within schools, the level of district support has a direct impact on whether schools have the ability to re-culture and sustain highly effective collaborative practices. The purpose of this article is to share a professional learning community conceptual framework from the US,…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, School Districts, Participative Decision Making, Instructional Leadership
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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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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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Lee, Moosung; Kim, Jihyun – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2016
Over the last decade, school-based professional learning communities (PLCs) have emerged as a key feature of the education system in South Korea. To understand this relatively new phenomenon in the context of South Korea, we provide a review of research on school-based PLCs in South Korea and an empirical analysis of the Teaching and Learning…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Literature Reviews
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Chen, Peiying; Lee, Che-Di; Lin, Hongda; Zhang, Chun-Xi – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2016
This research aimed to investigate the key factors of developing effective professional learning communities (PLCs) within the Taiwanese context. Four constructs--supportive and shared leadership, shared visions, collegial trust, and shared practices--were adopted and developed into an instrument for measuring PLC function. A stratified random…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, High Schools
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Salleh, Hairon – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2016
Professional Learning Community (PLC) has steadily grown in importance over the last decade. The growing importance of PLCs lies in its potential to act as a lever for school-based curriculum development and innovation so as to provide diverse learning experiences to satisfy broader learning outcomes beyond academic achievements (e.g., the…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Intervention, Foreign Countries, Curriculum Development
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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