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Pang, Nicholas Sun-Keung; Wang, Ting; Leung, Zoe Lai-Mei – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2016
This study explored the characteristics of professional learning communities (PLCs) in Hong Kong primary schools. It investigated the profiles of the strengths of professional learning community in schools under study and particularly examined the practices in schools which were identified as strong PLCs. It extends research on PLCs in the Hong…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Practices, Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice
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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Easton, Lois Brown – Journal of Staff Development, 2012
Adult learning is essential in schools. Learning Forward's Scholar Laureate Shirley Hord observes, "The improvement of our schools seldom results from mandates. What has become very clear is that change (its adoption and implementation) cannot occur without the provision of ongoing and long-term learning for the professionals" (Hord, 2011, p. xv).…
Descriptors: School Personnel, Communities of Practice, Adult Learning, Professional Development
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Lieberman, Ann; Miller, Lynne – Journal of Staff Development, 2016
As they write about the Learning Communities standard in "Reach the Highest Standard in Professional Learning: Learning Communities," authors Ann Lieberman and Lynne Miller consider why communities have gained widespread attention and support and summarize the established research base about them. They also describe three contexts in…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Communities of Practice, Professional Continuing Education, Educational Practices
Gammill, Deidra MacLellan – ProQuest LLC, 2013
This two-phase sequential mixed methods study examined the relationship between professional development, whether in the form of traditional professional development, a professional learning community and/or lesson study, and teacher self-efficacy and self-directed learning in order to gain a greater understanding of the role professional…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, Self Concept, Mixed Methods Research
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Cranston, Jerome – Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 2009
Using a naturalistic inquiry approach and thematic analysis, this paper outlines the findings of a research study that examined 12 Manitoba principals' conceptions of professional learning communities. The study found that these principals consider the development of professional learning communities to be a normative imperative within the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Principals, Communities of Practice
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Skinner, Emily N.; Hagood, Margaret C.; Provost, Mary C. – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2014
This article examines the case studies of 2 middle grades professional learning communities that focused on teaching and learning with new literacies strategies. The new literacies theoretical lens that frames this study recognizes literacy as multimodal (e.g., print, image, sound) and tied to one's sociocultural identities and…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Communities of Practice, Literacy, Middle School Teachers
Jacobson, David – Phi Delta Kappan, 2010
Two approaches to professional learning communities, the inquiry-oriented and the results-oriented approaches, both have weaknesses. Neither adequately addresses the overall coherence of a school's efforts to improve teaching and learning. A third model, the Common Priorities approach, combines the strengths of the other two approaches and…
Descriptors: Instructional Improvement, Faculty Development, Teaching Methods, Educational Improvement
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Hord, Shirley M. – Journal of Staff Development, 2009
Everyone can agree that the purpose of schools is "student learning," and that the most significant factor in whether students learn well is "teaching quality." Further, teaching quality is improved through "continuous professional learning." The context most supportive of the learning of professionals is the professional learning community (Hord…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Professional Development, Faculty Development, Communities of Practice
Burns, Mary Ann – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Dewey (1933) provided the foundation for reflective practice in education with the notion that learning is not in the doing, but rather it is in the thinking about the doing that creates learning. Evidence is growing about the importance of reflection for improving teaching and learning practices to increase student achievement (York-Barr, et al.,…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Reflective Teaching, School Culture
Passi, Gaurav – ProQuest LLC, 2010
The purpose of this study was to examine the professional learning community dimensions of a focus on learning, shared vision, collaborative culture, supportive structures and their impact on student achievement. Additionally, this study explored training in professional learning community principles as a moderating variable and the practice of…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Learning, Teacher Collaboration
Byrd, Tresseler S. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
The purpose of this qualitative case study was to examine the perceptions of certified support staff at a Georgia middle school, focusing on their opinions of Professional Learning Communities (PLC), the roles they played in PLCs and the effect PLCs had on their professional practices. This descriptive case study utilized open-ended interviews,…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Collegiality, Team Training, School Culture
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Stewart, Chelsea – Journal of Adult Education, 2014
This article reviews teacher professional development norms as they are shifting toward collaborative practice. It is posed that passive and individual practices are inadequate to prepare teachers to integrate the academic skills that learners need for both workforce and college readiness. Promising practices in professional development are…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Professional Education, Teacher Collaboration, Training Methods
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Ferguson, Kristen – Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 2013
This case study presents the struggles faced by a school administration in implementing a professional learning community (PLC) initiative without additional funds earmarked for implementation. In this case, Emily, the principal of Bayside Public School, creates a Buddy Day system for students that provides teachers with time during the school day…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Elementary Schools, Rural Schools
Garner, Arthur L., Jr. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
This ethnographic study utilized the theoretical frameworks of constructivism, cognitivism, and socio-cultural theories to examine how professional learning communities influenced the professional development of mathematics teacher knowledge and student achievement. This study sought to comprehend and interpret the behaviors, beliefs and values of…
Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Communities of Practice, Beliefs
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