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Sperandio, Jill; Kong, Peggy A. – International Journal of Leadership in Education, 2018
This article explored the effects of external agency on the establishment of professional learning communities (PLCs). The research was undertaken in the context of schools that have chosen to adopt the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate (IB) worldwide. The study employed a two-stage qualitative sequential design…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Advanced Placement Programs, Qualitative Research, Case Studies
Troutt, Amy – ProQuest LLC, 2014
Teacher retention continues to be of concern for schools across the United States. High teacher turnover results in a loss of teacher quality, loss of commitment, and a loss of funding to school districts. Research suggests that increased teacher retention is affected by induction, mentoring/coaching, engaging in action research, professional…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Persistence, Faculty Mobility, Communities of Practice
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Huffman, Jane B.; Olivier, Dianne F.; Wang, Ting; Chen, Peiying; Hairon, Salleh; Pang, Nicholas – International Journal of Leadership in Education, 2016
The authors seek to find common PLC structures and actions among global educational systems to enhance understanding and practice. Six international researchers formed the Global Professional Learning Community Network (GloPLCNet), conducted literature reviews of each country's involvement with PLC actions, and noted similarities and common…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Communities of Practice, Networks, Interviews
Richardson, Joan – Phi Delta Kappan, 2011
A solid idea coupled with savvy marketing has enabled Rick DuFour's vision of professional learning communities to revolutionize how teachers work with each other. The author of 13 books and 80 articles has presented to an estimated quarter million educators over the last eight years and is beginning to reach beyond the U.S. with books and…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Communities of Practice, Collegiality, Educational Practices
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Patton, Kevin; Parker, Melissa; Pratt, Erica – Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 2013
The purpose of this study was to examine the pedagogy of facilitation within physical education professional development (PD). Specific research questions were: 1) What were the self-identified pedagogical strategies employed by facilitators in PD?, and 2) From the perspective of the participants, what strategies contributed to their growth as…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Physical Education, Facilitators (Individuals)
Droese, Shirley M. – ProQuest LLC, 2010
This study investigates the use of Lesson Study in three U.S. schools. Lesson Study is part of the culture of teaching in Japanese K-8 schools. Researchers in the United States brought the practice of Lesson Study ("jugyokenkyo" in Japanese) to light in the late 1990's while investigating reasons for differences in the performance of…
Descriptors: Instructional Improvement, Organizational Change, Faculty Development, Educational Change
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Tobia, Edward F.; Hord, Shirley M. – Journal of Staff Development, 2012
The occupation of teaching has many of the characteristics of a profession. It was once a calling that had the same degree of respect given to members of the clergy, but somewhere in the evolution of teaching in the United States, that sense of respect has been diminished, especially by policymakers who impose punitive actions when students fail…
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Self Concept, Professional Identity, Human Dignity
Forsman, Malcolm – ProQuest LLC, 2010
This quantitative study examined the effects of a New Hampshire Department of Education policy, Ed 512. This mandated state policy was designed to influence local district leadership to facilitate the development of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) at the school level with the goal of improving instruction in the classroom. For this study…
Descriptors: State Government, Master Plans, Educational Policy, State School District Relationship
Kiburz, Thomas – ProQuest LLC, 2011
The purpose of the multiple-site study was to explore educator's perceptions of the Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) that had been operating in three school districts using in-depth interviews. The goal of this research was to describe from the educator's perspective what they perceived, thought and observed about the PLCs functioning in…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Academic Achievement, School Districts, School Buildings
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Boucouvalas, Marcie, Ed.; Avoseh, Mejai, Ed. – Commission for International Adult Education, 2016
The Commission on International Adult Education (CIAE) of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) provides a forum for the discussion of international issues related to adult education in general, as well as adult education in various countries around the globe. The following purposes summarize the work of the…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Foreign Countries, Independent Study, Undergraduate Students
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Chesbro, Patricia; Boxler, Nancy – Journal of Staff Development, 2010
Network learning supported by 21-century technology is reweaving the fabric of how educators acquire and create new knowledge. At the Alaska Educational Innovations Network (AEIN), educators believe this has the potential to change how a profession looks at professional development. They have learned that using technology to support networks…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Social Support Groups, Networks, Educational Change