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Ahmed Hersi, Afra; Horan, Deborah A.; Lewis, Mark A. – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2016
This article explores the development of a professional learning community through a case study of three teachers--an ESOL specialist, a literacy specialist, and a fifth-grade teacher--who engaged in co-teaching and collaboration. The emerging community of practice offered these teachers a space to learn and problem-solve by utilizing their…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Grade 5, Elementary School Teachers, English (Second Language)
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Tam, Angela Choi Fung – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2015
This longitudinal study aimed to examine the role of a professional learning community (PLC) in changing teachers' beliefs and practices. Teachers of a Chinese department in a Hong Kong secondary school were interviewed and observed. The findings indicate that the features of a PLC-facilitating teacher change are development of a coherent…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, Teacher Attitudes, Longitudinal Studies
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De Neve, Debbie; Devos, Geert – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2017
Research has shown that adequate support from the school environment is necessary to help beginning teachers in applying differentiated instruction (DI), but how schools can aid in this process remains unclear. This qualitative study explores how professional learning communities (PLCs), an indicator of a supportive school environment, can enhance…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Comparative Analysis, Special Needs Students
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Ning, Hoi Kwan; Lee, Daphnee; Lee, Wing On – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2016
The development of teacher professional learning communities (PLC) has attracted growing attention among practitioners, policy-makers and researchers. The aims of this study were to identify typologies of professional learning teams based on measures of professional learning engagement, and assess their linkages with teachers' value orientations.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, Multivariate Analysis, Values
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van Ginkel, Gisbert; Verloop, Nico; Denessen, Eddie – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2016
Current mentoring models for teacher preparation and induction emphasize the need to engage novice teachers' learning through collaborative professional learning communities. Mentors in such communities are expected to engage in joint knowledge construction with novices, and to be "co-thinkers" who enact a developmental view of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mentors, Teacher Motivation, Communities of Practice
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Twomey, Sarah J. – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2011
This qualitative study creates a case for teacher learning through increased access to digital knowledge and information made available through the Internet. I ask how reading environments, supported through online access to scholarly texts, might create intellectual engagement and transformative possibilities for teachers within their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Urban Schools, Teacher Education, Electronic Learning
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Lieberman, Ann; Mace, Desiree H. Pointer – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2009
This paper describes the signature role played by accomplished, experienced teachers in professional learning communities, and the importance that these practitioners make their teaching public and shared. In so doing, the authors describe how accomplished practices can be shared between classrooms and between practitioners with varying levels of…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Teaching Methods, Communities of Practice, Teacher Leadership
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Kullberg, Angelika; Runesson, Ulla; Marton, Ference; Vikström, Anna; Nilsson, Pernilla; Mårtensson, Pernilla; Häggström, Johan – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2016
Twelve lower secondary schoolteachers in mathematics and science were asked to teach a topic of their choice during a lesson that was video-recorded. We were able to analyse 10 of the cases and we found that all of them were similar in one respect: concepts and principles were introduced one at a time, each one followed by examples of the concept…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Communities of Practice, Comparative Analysis, Teaching Methods
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Friedman, Hasia – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2011
A school subject leader (SL) is formally considered to make a difference in the educational system as a leader of a professional learning community, being responsible for the efficient and effective performance of the subject department. Since the department entails frequent and significant interactions among teachers, and organizational…
Descriptors: Interviews, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Teacher Leadership