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Philpott, Carey; Oates, Catriona – Professional Development in Education, 2017
Recently there has been growth in researching teacher agency. Some research has considered the relationship between teacher agency and professional learning. Similarly, there has been growing interest in professional learning communities as resources for professional learning. Connections have been made between professional learning communities…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, Foreign Countries, Professional Autonomy
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Cherrington, Sue; Thornton, Kate – Professional Development in Education, 2015
Professional learning communities are receiving increasing attention within the schooling sector but empirical research into their development and use within early childhood education contexts is rare. This paper reports initial findings of an exploratory study into the development of professional learning communities in New Zealand's early…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, Early Childhood Education, Faculty Development
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Bellibas, Mehmet Sukru; Bulut, Okan; Gedik, Serafettin – Professional Development in Education, 2017
A great number of studies have focused on professional learning communities in schools, but only a limited number of studies have treated the construct of professional learning communities as a dependent variable. The purpose of this research is to investigate Turkish schools' capacity for supporting professional learning communities and to…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, Prediction, Human Resources
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Svanbjörnsdóttir, Birna M.; Macdonald, Allyson; Frímannsson, Guðmundur H. – Professional Development in Education, 2016
In schools the participation of students, parents and paraprofessionals is important because it increases ownership and improves performance. Here the focus is on students' and paraprofessionals' learning and a sense of community when leaders try to develop a professional learning community in a new school in Iceland. An action research project…
Descriptors: Sense of Community, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Parent Attitudes, Student Attitudes
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Hairon, Salleh; Goh, Jonathan Wee Pin; Chua, Catherine Siew Kheng; Wang, Li-yi – Professional Development in Education, 2017
Professional learning communities (PLCs) as a means of raising the teaching profession are becoming more attractive in education systems seeking to improve school improvement processes and outcomes. The main intention is to increase the individual and collective capacity of teachers so as to support school-wide capacity for teaching and learning.…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Professional Development, Outcomes of Education, Educational Improvement
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Edwards, Frances – Professional Development in Education, 2012
Increasingly school change processes are being facilitated through the formation and operation of groups of teachers working together for improved student outcomes. These groupings are variously referred to as networks, networked learning communities, communities of practice, professional learning communities, learning circles or clusters. The…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Design, Academic Achievement
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Shabeeb, Lina El Ashi; Akkary, Rima Karami – Professional Development in Education, 2014
This article examines the in-house professional development program in a private school in Lebanon and the approach it adopts to train teachers on reflective practice. It identifies the contextual factors in the school that teachers perceive as supporting their professional learning of reflective practice, and investigates the teachers'…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Private Schools, Reflective Teaching
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Kelly, Jennifer – Professional Development in Education, 2013
This case study focuses on 11 individual teachers who participate in three distinct professional learning communities (PLCs) within one school. A PLC is "a group of people who take an active, reflective, collaborative, learning-orientated, and growth promoting approach toward the mysteries, problems, and perplexities of teaching and…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Case Studies, Interviews, Faculty Development
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Dogan, Selcuk; Pringle, Rose; Mesa, Jennifer – Professional Development in Education, 2016
The purpose of this article is to provide a review of empirical studies investigating the impact of professional learning communities (PLCs) on science teachers' practices and knowledge. Across 14 articles that satisfied the definition we embraced, most were devoted to the change in science teaching practices, disciplinary content knowledge (DCK)…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Science Teachers, Science Education, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Dobbs, Christina L.; Ippolito, Jacy; Charner-Laird, Megin – Professional Development in Education, 2017
In order to be effective, professional development efforts are most promising if they are context specific and focus on supporting collaboration. Increasingly, schools initiate professional development with small groups of teachers, with the intention that the effects of the initiatives will spill over to other school personnel. This study follows…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Qualitative Research, Communities of Practice, Faculty Development
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Dimmock, Clive – Professional Development in Education, 2016
This paper argues the need for coherent, holistic frameworks offering insightful understandings as well as viable, connected and synergistic solutions to schools in addressing pressing problems arising from the acknowledged gaps between research, practice and professional development. There is a need to conceptualise a comprehensive conceptual…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Theory Practice Relationship, Guidelines, Reflective Teaching
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Choi, Tat Heung – Professional Development in Education, 2013
This article is based on the principle that teacher development is a life-long process when seeking to develop professional competencies. With the changing views of teacher education as background, the benefits to teachers associated with practice-oriented knowledge are predicated on a measure of empowerment through narration, self-expression and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Teacher Competencies, Theory Practice Relationship
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Owen, Susanne Mary – Professional Development in Education, 2015
Innovative educational approaches for schooling require changes to the traditional teacher role towards operating as co-facilitators and co-learners, and working in teacher teams, with considerable professional learning supporting this. Professional learning communities (PLCs) have been acknowledged as highly effective, with their characteristics…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Collaboration
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Kadji-Beltran, Chrysanthi; Zachariou, Aravella; Liarakou, Georgia; Flogaitis, Evgenia – Professional Development in Education, 2014
Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is a demanding new field in terms of content and context and requires whole-school approaches and changes in educational structures. The field's implementation constitutes a great challenge for teachers, novice in the field of ESD. Teacher education for ESD needs to effectively transfer knowledge and…
Descriptors: Mentors, Sustainable Development, Teaching Methods, Learning Processes
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Baricaua Gutierez, Sally – Professional Development in Education, 2016
Professional development of in-service teachers requires a sustainable and school-based model which will provide them with opportunities for collaboration in building an environment that supports their capacity-building and pedagogical improvement. In this professional development model, teachers are treated as central to the learning process,…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teaching Methods, Learning Processes, Qualitative Research
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