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Geraghty, Jennifer – ProQuest LLC, 2016
The intent of this qualitative research study had two purposes. One, to describe and explain the perceptions of elementary school teachers through their participation in a Professional Learning Community, as defined by DuFour, DuFour, Eaker & Many (2010). This research was initiated with elementary education teachers, grades kindergarten…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Qualitative Research, Elementary School Teachers, Communities of Practice
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
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Hairon, Salleh; Goh, Jonathan Wee Pin; Chua, Catherine Siew Kheng – School Leadership & Management, 2015
Professional learning communities (PLCs) have gained considerable attention in education. However, PLCs are dependent on how group members collectively work and learn towards shared goals on improving teaching and learning. This would require leadership to support meaningful and productive interactions within PLC contexts, and hence, the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Leadership, Communities of Practice, Professional Development
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Tam, Vicky C.; Chan, Jackie W. W.; Li, Sandy C.; Pow, Jacky – International Journal of Leadership in Education, 2018
The application of information and communication technology (ICT) in education has been gaining attention worldwide. Educators and school administrators are interested in the myriad possibilities offered by new technologies to enrich teaching materials and to provide ubiquitous learning environments to enhance students' learning. This case study…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Human Capital, Technology Integration, Educational Technology
National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, 2010
This report describes a comprehensive knowledge synthesis of professional learning communities (PLCs) and their impact on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning in K-12 education. This report is organized around the following sections: Background, Overview of Key Findings, Methodology, Results, and…
Descriptors: Research and Development, Advisory Committees, Elementary Secondary Education, Competence
Rives, Megan Bambalis – ProQuest LLC, 2012
The purpose of this mixed methods research study was to examine the effectiveness of a professional development approach in increasing the knowledge and use of instructional technology in the classrooms of elementary teachers. The participants were comprised of 14 elementary teachers in a rural public education school district in the southeastern…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Professional Development, Program Effectiveness, Technology Uses in Education
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Liu, Shih-Hsiung – Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 2013
Teacher professional development (TPD) can benefit teachers in classrooms. This study contributes to an understanding of TPD processes where there is sufficient technology integration through teacher participation in a school-based community. It assesses the effectiveness of TPD and its potential problems. Qualitative research methods are used to…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Teaching Methods, Elementary Schools, Professional Development
Bailey, Paula J. – ProQuest LLC, 2014
The outcome of this inquiry assists in understanding how veteran teachers view participating in a Professional Learning Community (PLC) and how their strengths could be utilized in this context within an elementary school setting. Findings revealed that a PLC was useful for providing a foundation for collaboration and adult learning among veteran…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Experienced Teachers, Phenomenology, Teacher Collaboration
Kingsley, Judy – Leadership, 2012
All across California, educators are finding that creating strong and effective Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) at every grade level or in every subject area is not easy. It may be tempting to conclude that PLCs are one more idea that did not work. But there is solid research to support the core concepts of PLCs: (1) a focus on learning;…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Educational Change, Communities of Practice, Professional Development
Fuller, Lynn A. – ProQuest LLC, 2016
This dissertation examined formats of job-embedded professional development that were experienced by beginning teachers at a high-poverty, high-mobility elementary school in the third year of a School Improvement Grant. A qualitative case study was conducted to examine formats of job-embedded professional development that were most useful to help…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Case Studies, Educational Improvement, Qualitative Research
Dailey, Mary Callan – ProQuest LLC, 2014
This study addressed the gap in practice of instructional literacy, as evidenced by below-proficient literacy status by subgroups of regular education students in Grades 3-5 in an affluent suburban New Jersey public school district. The purpose of this qualitative grounded theory investigation, approached from an interpretive constructivist…
Descriptors: Achievement, Achievement Gap, Elementary School Students, Grade 3
Suber, Patrick – ProQuest LLC, 2014
Teachers at a Title I elementary school in South Carolina implemented the scripted Reading Mastery¬© program (RMP) to improve students' comprehension. Comprehension scores did not increase, despite teachers receiving RMP professional development (PD) prior to implementing the program. Administrators were unaware if the teachers were adequately…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Reading, Reading Instruction
Cavanagh, Andrew J. – ProQuest LLC, 2015
The present study investigated the district-wide characteristics of relational ties among a sample of K-12 teachers implementing the Common Core comprehensive education reform. This study addressed deficits in current scholarly understanding of the social influences in schools that impact delivery of educational reform efforts such as the Common…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Social Networks, Network Analysis
Sterr, Ronald – ProQuest LLC, 2011
Much has been researched and written concerning the structure, attributes, and benefits of the professional learning community (PLC), yet many have found that this highly collaborative model is difficult to implement. One reason for this was that conflict among team members often limited communication and therefore halted collaboration. In an…
Descriptors: Intervention, Action Research, Conflict, Norms
Nobles, Selah – ProQuest LLC, 2013
In an urban K-8 school, standardized assessment scores in writing declined 27% from the year 2007 to the year 2010. The scores indicated that the percentage of students scoring proficient or above in writing declined, while the population demographics remained stable. The purpose of this study was to examine elementary writing teachers'…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Writing Teachers, Writing Instruction, Elementary School Teachers
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