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Kennedy, Sheryl Y.; Smith, Julia B. – Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 2013
This study used Hierarchical Linear Modeling to analyze the relationship between school organizational behaviors and practices (at the school level) on teachers' reports of internal and external physiological sources of efficacy. Six hundred sixty-one teachers from 42 schools in the United States were surveyed to measure both individual sources of…
Descriptors: Correlation, Teacher Surveys, Teacher Effectiveness, Reflective Teaching
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Craig, Cheryl J. – Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 2013
Through the metaphor, "learning to teach in the 'eye of the storm'", a beginning teacher's experiences of teaching in one of America's diverse urban campuses become known. Three themes of global significance emerge: (1) the similarities and differences between professional learning communities and knowledge communities; (2) the morphing of "the…
Descriptors: Teaching Experience, Figurative Language, Beginning Teachers, Urban Schools
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Lee, John Chi-kin; Zhang, Zhonghua; Yin, Hongbiao – Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 2011
This study investigated the relationships between a professional learning community (PLC), faculty trust in colleagues, teachers' collective efficacy, and their commitment to students. The findings from exploratory factor analysis indicated that three clear components could be extracted from the scale of Professional Learning Communities…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Strategies, Teacher Effectiveness, Discipline
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Vescio, Vicki; Ross, Dorene; Adams, Alyson – Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 2008
After an overview of the characteristics of professional learning communities (PLCs), this manuscript presents a review of 10 American studies and one English study on the impact of PLCs on teaching practices and student learning. Although, few studies move beyond self-reports of positive impact, a small number of empirical studies explore the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Academic Achievement, Program Effectiveness, Teaching Methods
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Snow-Gerono, J.L. – Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 2005
Teacher researchers in a Professional Development School context identify two important shifts in traditional school cultures in order for teacher inquiry to thrive as a means for teacher development: a shift to community and a shift to uncertainty. PDS teachers in this study spoke about their need for supportive learning communities where they…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Teacher Researchers, Professional Development Schools, Faculty Development
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Dooner, Anne-Marie; Mandzuk, David; Clifton, Rodney A. – Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 2008
Although professional learning communities are often promoted as unique learning opportunities, little is known about how they get started and how they are sustained. For this reason, group members are often unprepared, and then frustrated, by inevitable group tensions. With this in mind, Karl Weick's [(1979). "The social psychology of…
Descriptors: Social Psychology, Group Dynamics, Interprofessional Relationship, Middle School Teachers
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Rigelman, Nicole Miller; Ruben, Barbara – Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 2012
Despite widespread acknowledgment of the power of professional collaboration, the norm in most schools is teachers working in isolation. Our study examined the impact of multiple layers of professional collaboration intentionally integrated into a one-year preservice teacher education program working in two elementary schools. Analysis of 23…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Education Curriculum, Focus Groups