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Cansoy, Ramazan; Parlar, Hanifi – Malaysian Online Journal of Educational Sciences, 2017
The objective of this study is to examine the relationships between the levels of schools for being professional learning communities and teacher professionalism based on teachers' perceptions. The participants were a total of 543 teachers working at elementary, middle and high schools in the Eyüp District of Istanbul. The data were gathered…
Descriptors: Professionalism, Communities of Practice, Teacher Attitudes, Elementary School Teachers
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Philpott, Carey; Oates, Catriona – Professional Development in Education, 2017
Recently there has been growth in researching teacher agency. Some research has considered the relationship between teacher agency and professional learning. Similarly, there has been growing interest in professional learning communities as resources for professional learning. Connections have been made between professional learning communities…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, Foreign Countries, Professional Autonomy
Fernandez, Alexandra – ProQuest LLC, 2017
This qualitative study examined the elements of professional learning communities within Catholic elementary schools. The purpose of this study was to investigate best practices of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) as reported by elementary principals in a random sample of Catholic elementary schools. The researcher interviewed 14…
Descriptors: Catholic Schools, Elementary School Teachers, Religious Education, Sustainability
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Antinluoma, Markku; Ilomäki, Liisa; Lahti-Nuuttila, Pekka; Toom, Auli – Journal of Education and Learning, 2018
The main objectives in building professional learning communities are to improve teachers' professionalism and well-being, and create positive impacts on student learning. It is a question of changing the school culture. The main objective of this quantitative study was to investigate the maturity level of thirteen Finnish schools as professional…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Collegiality, School Culture, Institutional Characteristics
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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Thoma, Jennifer; Hutchison, Amy; Johnson, Debra; Johnson, Kurt; Stromer, Elizabeth – Reading Teacher, 2017
Barriers to technology integration in instruction include a lack of time, resources, and professional development. One potential approach to overcoming these barriers is through collaborative work, or professional learning communities. This article focuses on one group of teachers who leveraged their professional learning community to focus on…
Descriptors: Technology Integration, Communities of Practice, Elementary School Teachers, Grade 5
Scholl, Steven Carl – ProQuest LLC, 2017
This study examined the relationship between the strength of Professional Learning Community dimensions and the level of Self-Direction in Learning as perceived by California State certificated elementary teachers. The Professional Learning Community Assessment-Revised recorded teacher perceptions of the strength of five PLC dimensions.…
Descriptors: Interaction, Teacher Attitudes, Correlation, Faculty Development
Sun, Jennifer – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Reform efforts and changes in mathematics education have brought on a shift towards a new vision of mathematics teaching in the United States. In light of recent accountability standards, the focus on teacher learning within the context of mathematics professional development is even more pressing. Prior research on teacher learning in the context…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Educational Change, Elementary School Teachers
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Dogan, Selçuk; Tatik, R. Samil; Yurtseven, Nihal – Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, 2017
The main purpose of this study is to adapt and validate the Professional Learning Communities Assessment Revised (PLCA-R) by Olivier, Hipp, and Huffman within the context of Turkish schools. The instrument was translated and adapted to administer to teachers in Turkey. Internal structure of the Turkish version of PLCA-R was investigated by using…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, Factor Analysis, Measures (Individuals)
Bozzini, Michelle D. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
This qualitative study explored how elementary school principals design, implement, and sustain high quality professional development through the use of professional learning communities (PLCs) in order to enhance teaching and learning. The researcher revealed the principal's important role in the design, implementation, and sustainability of a…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Phenomenology, Principals, Administrator Attitudes
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Qiao, Xuefeng; Yu, Shulin; Zhang, Limin – Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 2018
In the last decade, there has been growing interest in professional learning communities (PLCs) outside mainstream Western contexts. In this paper, we provide a narrative synthesis of empirical studies of PLCs in kindergarten to 12th grade educational systems in mainland China published between 2006 and 2015. The review reveals five major emerging…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teacher Collaboration, Foreign Countries, Instructional Leadership
McCullum, Charcelor Channing – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The purpose of this study was to investigate and identify the factors that either support or inhibit learning transfer among educators within K-12 professional learning communities (PLCs) as well as to obtain a better understanding of how adult education principles relate to teacher learning and job satisfaction within this environment. Although…
Descriptors: Transfer of Training, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Faculty Development
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Wennergren, Ann-Christine; Blossing, Ulf – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2017
Students represent the majority of the people in a school organisation, but are rarely considered as participants in literature on professional learning communities (PLC). This article explored a PLC with the legitimate participation of students in the classroom. Data was based on interviews with 11 teachers. Community of practice theory provides…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Interviews, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship
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Song, Kyoung-Oh; Choi, Jinyoung – International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 2017
Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are an important strategy for innovation in schools, and they are receiving considerable attention from scholars and educators alike. The present study aimed to examine the effect of PLCs on schools' effectiveness and to investigate the social, organizational, and structural factors that can promote these…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Surveys, Structural Equation Models
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Zangori, Laura; Foulk, Jaimie; Sadler, Troy D.; Peel, Amanda – Journal of Science Teacher Education, 2018
Engaging learners in modeling practices can promote substantial science learning, and anchoring science teaching in societal issues can promote student motivation to learn and make learning experiences more meaningful. However, elementary teachers have had few prior experiences with either modeling or socioscientific issues (SSI) and so are…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Faculty Development, Communities of Practice
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