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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
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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Buttram, Joan L.; Farley-Ripple, Elizabeth N. – Leadership and Policy in Schools, 2016
The purpose of this article is to identify how principals shape the adoption and implementation of professional learning communities. The study employed a sequential mixed-methods approach in which interviews, observations, and document analysis informed survey design. Teachers were surveyed in four elementary schools about the practices and…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Principals, Adoption (Ideas), Program Implementation
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
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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
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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Brown, Goldy, III – Education, 2016
This study investigated leadership supports provided by an elementary principal of 15 years in a high performing diverse school. Employing document analysis and interviews, the researcher gathered and analyzed data in an effort to identify those leadership strategies that could be replicated at other school sites. The study identified the…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Correlation, Administrator Role, Academic Achievement
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Kelly, Jennifer; Cherkowski, Sabre – Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 2015
This case study documents and interprets teachers' experiences in a professional development initiative called Changing Results for Young Readers in British Columbia. The reflections and discussions of a group of teachers in a rural school district were examined in order to understand how the participants constructed their realities relative to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Faculty Development, Rural Schools
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Musanti, Sandra I. – Action in Teacher Education, 2017
The study explores English as a second language (ESL) and bilingual teachers' narratives within a learning community as they collectively engage in reflecting on practices to more effectively support English learners. This longitudinal qualitative study integrates narrative inquiry approach and critical incident methodology. Participants were…
Descriptors: Bilingual Teachers, English (Second Language), Reflection, Longitudinal Studies
Murphy, Mary Sheppard – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Research reveals that many teachers express a discomfort about teaching writing; moreover, there is growing evidence that professional learning communities can have a positive impact on teacher learning and performance. The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore the relationship between teachers' involvement in a professional…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teacher Collaboration, Writing Instruction, Case Studies
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Riveros, Augusto; Viczko, Melody – McGill Journal of Education, 2012
Based on a qualitative case study that examined elementary teachers' understandings of a professional development policy, we question the conceptual disconnection between professional learning and professional practices in some conceptualizations of professional learning communities. We analyse the research data using Actor-Network Theory and…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Learning Activities, Interprofessional Relationship, Communities of Practice
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Vansant-Webb, Elizabeth; Polychronis, Shamby – TESOL Journal, 2016
This article summarizes findings from surveys and interviews with five teachers at an elementary school in the Salt Lake City School District that is participating in the federally funded School Improvement Grant program to raise the achievement of all students. The qualitative data analysis focuses on two major themes: (1) the current attitudes,…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, English Language Learners, Student Needs, Communities of Practice
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Hands, Catherine; Guzar, Katlyn; Rodrigue, Anne – Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 2015
A professional learning community (PLC) is one of the most promising strategies for effecting change in educational practices to improve academic achievement and wellbeing for all students. The PLC facilitator's role in developing and leading blended (online and face-to-face) PLCs with members from Ontario's school districts was examined through a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, Facilitators (Individuals), Reflection
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Shabeeb, Lina El Ashi; Akkary, Rima Karami – Professional Development in Education, 2014
This article examines the in-house professional development program in a private school in Lebanon and the approach it adopts to train teachers on reflective practice. It identifies the contextual factors in the school that teachers perceive as supporting their professional learning of reflective practice, and investigates the teachers'…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Private Schools, Reflective Teaching
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Chesnut, Colleen – Mid-Western Educational Researcher, 2015
This qualitative study examined dual immersion teachers' identities as they engaged in policy implementation within their school, collaborating in professional learning communities (PLC) with one-way immersion teachers. Data derived from participant observation, interviews, and interpersonal process recall were analyzed through a theoretical lens…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Language Teachers, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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