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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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Chauraya, Million; Brodie, Karin – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
Professional learning communities as a form of teacher development have been in existence internationally for some time now and more recently in South Africa. Although strong claims have been made for their influence on teacher practices, very few research studies have investigated these claims. This paper presents a case study that connects…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, Mathematics Teachers
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
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Carpenter, Daniel – International Journal of Educational Management, 2015
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore supportive and shared leadership structures at schools as a function of school culture policies and procedures. Design/methodology/approach: A qualitative study was conducted at three secondary schools in the Midwestern USA. Administrators and teachers were interviewed, professional learning…
Descriptors: School Culture, Communities of Practice, Qualitative Research, Interviews
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Thornton, Kate; Cherrington, Sue – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2014
Professional learning communities in the early childhood education sector have been under-researched. The focus on collaborative learning, collective enquiry and shared leadership of such communities makes them worthy of study in order to establish their relevance to the sector. One of the foci of this research involving case studies of different…
Descriptors: Leadership, Communities of Practice, Early Childhood Education, Cooperative Learning
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Eley, Alison – Primary Science, 2017
There are many professional development programmes on offer for primary science. The best of these involve teachers in developing practice over time, alongside engaging with theory. In this article, the author considers how working as part of a professional learning community can support a collaborative and evidence informed approach to improving…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Professional Development, Faculty Development, Science Education
Carpenter, Dan – ProQuest LLC, 2012
The purpose of this reputation-based, multiple-site case study was to explore professional learning communities' impact on teacher classroom practice. The goal of this research was to describe the administrator and teachers' perceptions with respect to professional learning communities as it related to teacher practice in their school. Educators…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Communities of Practice, Teaching Methods, Teacher Attitudes
Rodriguez, Gabriel R. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
A growing number of schools are implementing PLCs to address school improvement, staff engage with data to identify student needs and determine instructional interventions. This is a starting point for engaging in the iterative process of learning for the teach in order to increase student learning (Hord & Sommers, 2008). The iterative process…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Case Studies, Data, Decision Making
Early, Phaedra Bell – ProQuest LLC, 2012
The purpose of this study was to focus on teacher learning as it relates to professional learning communities. It is often touted that schools are a place for student learning, but many teachers now see school as a place for them to become learners as well through professional learning communities. This qualitative case study was designed to…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Interviews
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Huggins, Kristin Shawn; Scheurich, James Joseph; Morgan, James R. – Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, 2011
Utilizing a qualitative case-study design, this study explored how a mid-sized urban high school professional learning community was used as a reform effort to increase student achievement in mathematics on standards-based assessments. From a year-long interaction with the math professional learning community, which consisted of 3 school leaders…
Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Educational Change, Faculty Development, Teaching Methods
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
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Qiao, Xuefeng; Yu, Shulin – Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, 2016
This qualitative case study examines the perspectives and experiences of seven Chinese primary teachers on the integration of shared knowledge artefacts into teaching in professional learning communities. The analysis of the semi-structured interviews and observation data revealed that using knowledge artefacts, such as preview sheets, flowing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Teacher Attitudes
Hillery, Patricia L. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
As school districts' professional development trends shift to meet annual budget requirements, it is worthy to explore the benefits of professional learning communities as they are a potential means for job-embedded professional development. As an advocate for professional learning, Hirsh (2009) stated that every teacher should engage in…
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes
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
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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
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