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Kincaide-Cunningham, Cora E. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
This three-article dissertation contains three approaches to the topic of professional learning communities and their impact on student achievement. Article I is a synthesis of the literature related to the purpose of professional learning communities. Implications in educational settings are also presented in this article. The context of the…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Academic Achievement, Disadvantaged Schools, Teacher Attitudes
Barrett, Jesse Leahn – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The purpose of this study was to explore secondary English teachers' perceptions of the benefits and challenges of professional learning communities (PLCs), with particular focus on what they considered to be characteristics of effective PLCs. Through a qualitative study in grounded theory using individual interviews among a subgroup of ten…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, English Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, English Instruction
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Muñoz, Marco A.; Branham, Karen E. – Planning and Changing, 2016
Professional Learning Communities are an important means toward the goal of improving schools so that students can learn at high levels. Professional Learning Communities, when well-implemented, have a laser-focus on learning, work collaboratively, and hold themselves accountable for results. In this article, the central concept of…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Professional Education, Information Utilization, Evidence Based Practice
Linton, Jack, Jr. – ProQuest LLC, 2014
The ultimate goal of teacher professional development is to improve student achievement by improving teacher practices. To that end, the literature and research supports the development of professional learning communities as one of the most effective ways to accomplish that goal. Therefore, the research questions addressed in this study were: (a)…
Descriptors: Correlation, Communities of Practice, Academic Achievement, Faculty Development
Kenyon, Margaret A. – ProQuest LLC, 2015
The purpose of this study was to examine one urban elementary school to determine the influence of PLCs on administrator and teacher efficacy in supporting academic success. Using Stewart, Williams, and Matthew's (2009) Learning Community Culture Indicator (LCCI), which is based on the work of Richard DuFour (2006) and Eaker and DuFour (1998), the…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, Administrators, Self Efficacy
Dilmar, Amy D. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Despite millions of dollars spent on reform efforts, effective and sustainable improvement still eludes schools. The appropriate development of the professional learning community model, including five key dimensions, provides a structure for educational institutions to bring about sustainable improvements in student achievement. If principals do…
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Principals, Communities of Practice, Qualitative Research
Backman, Joseph Samuel – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Researchers have studied professional learning communities for over two decades. Schools have utilized the elements of professional learning communities in their schools to improve instruction and student learning. Yet, there is limited empirical evidence that establishes, describes, and confirms this relationship. This study was completed to…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Academic Achievement, Communities of Practice, Hierarchical Linear Modeling
Bostic, Cristi M. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
This dissertation evaluated the implementation of professional learning communities in a large suburban school district in North Carolina. The presence of shared and supportive leadership, shared values and vision, collective learning and application, shared personal practice, supportive conditions for relationships, and supportive conditions for…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Communities of Practice, Test Results, Program Effectiveness
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Reed, Latish C.; Swaminathan, Raji – Urban Education, 2016
This case study examines the leadership practices and actions of an urban high school principal who faced many challenges, but worked diligently to improve student achievement and school climate over a 3-year period. Significant improvements were made by using elements of Distributed Leadership, Professional Learning Communities, and Social…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Educational Improvement, Case Studies, Leadership Styles
Matthews, Shelley Hayes – ProQuest LLC, 2014
In Professional Learning Communities, educators collaborated and focused on ways to improve student learning. Teacher practice was one key component for improving student learning and was the focus of this study. Through the use of a collective case study, the researcher examined how teacher practice was affected through the implementation of…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Educational Practices, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Collaboration
Hamilton, Jan L. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
This study examined the impact of the Professional Learning Community model on student achievement in the state of California. Specifically, the study compared student achievement between two school types: Professional Learning Community schools and Non Professional Learning schools. The research utilized existing API scores for California schools…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Professional Education, Academic Achievement, English Language Learners
Robertson, Danielle Shaw – ProQuest LLC, 2011
The dissertation was designed to describe the relationship of collective teacher efficacy to the phases of professional learning communities (PLC) in a rural school district in the southern piedmont region of North Carolina. Limited research exists in the area of collective teacher efficacy and its relationship to professional learning…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Change, Faculty Development
Robinson, Christy Willis – ProQuest LLC, 2014
The purpose of this study was to research the perceptions of teachers concerning the implementation of a PLC in a middle Tennessee elementary school district. The study contributes to the existing research on Professional Learning Communities; however, it adds to the limited amount of research on teachers' perceptions of the implementation…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teacher Attitudes, Surveys, Mixed Methods Research
Hogg, Troy S. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The foundation of positive interpersonal relationships is trust and such relationships are needed for professional collaboration and learning to take place. Building trust, then, must be important in order to meet organizational goals and impact student success. The purpose of this survey research was to examine the relationship among teachers'…
Descriptors: State Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Trust (Psychology), Principals
Vieluf, Svenja; Kaplan, David; Klieme, Eckhard; Bayer, Sonja – OECD Publishing (NJ3), 2012
Fortunately, teaching practices help shape the learning experiences and increase motivation and achievement for students. In addition, it has been revealed that when teachers collaborate well together they also tend to work better with students. This new informative publication clearly identifies and arranges profiles in relation to two connected…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Educational Change, Academic Achievement, Student Motivation
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