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Harris, Alma; Jones, Michelle – Improving Schools, 2010
This article outlines the progress and impact of professional learning communities within, between and across schools, as part of the implementation of whole system reform in Wales. It describes the way in which professional learning communities are being developed to support improvement and change across the education system in Wales. The article…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Educational Improvement
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Allen, David – Improving Schools, 2013
The article presents a cross-domain inquiry into schoolwide professional learning community. It examines tensions in how professional learning community is conceptualized and how it is enacted in the processes of teacher groups. Drawing on a study of contemporary theatre arts practices, it proposes a model of collective creation that highlights…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Theater Arts, Elementary School Teachers, Faculty Development
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Benoliel, Pascale; Schechter, Chen – Improving Schools, 2017
Research results have provided evidence of the potential contribution that professional learning communities (PLCs) can make to enhance school outcomes. While numerous organizational and cultural aspects of schools have been recognized as key requirements for PLC success, researchers have noted that a teacher's ability to share knowledge in the…
Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Personality Traits, Principals, Administrator Role
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Levine, Thomas H. – Improving Schools, 2011
Scholars have proposed that "the path to change in the classroom lies within and through" more collaborative professional communities among teachers (McLaughlin and Talbert, 1993: 18). How do different approaches to developing collaborative professional communities impact experienced teachers and their ability to change? This article identifies…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Educational Change, Experienced Teachers, Communities of Practice
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Jappinen, Aini-Kristiina – Improving Schools, 2012
This article examines how, through uncovering collaborative leadership, the whole school staff is able to understand its common endeavours to support heterogeneous students' fluent learning paths. For this, a notion of distributed pedagogical leadership (DPL) is drawn upon. DPL concerns everyone in the school community, not only leaders and…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Principals, Educational Change, Instructional Leadership
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Woolhouse, Clare; Cochrane, Matt – Improving Schools, 2009
This article reports on the initial findings of research carried out with a cohort of science teachers engaged in a professional development course at a northwest England university. The aim was to investigate how professional development was perceived by participants and explore the experiences of those who undertook the course. Results suggest…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Professional Development, Faculty Development
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Andrews, Dorothy; Lewis, Marian – Improving Schools, 2004
This article draws on the experiences of a range of Australian schools engaging with a teacher-centred process of whole-school renewal known as IDEAS (Innovative Designs for Enhancing Achievement in Schools). IDEAS enhances the professional capacity of teachers to improve school outcomes such as student learning, relationships with the community,…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Teacher Leadership, Foreign Countries, Academic Achievement