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Kalkan, Fatma – Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, 2016
This research uses relational survey method to determine the relationship between professional learning community, bureaucratic structure and organisational trust according to the perceptions of teachers who work in primary education schools. Data were collected from 805 teachers who work in primary education schools in the districts (Altindag,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Surveys, Communities of Practice
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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
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Zhang, Jia; Pang, Nicholas Sun-Keung – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2016
This quantitative study investigated and compared the development of professional learning communities in schools located in two Chinese cities, namely, Shanghai and Mianyang. The two cities have significant differences in terms of educational, economic, social, and cultural development. While Shanghai is a directly controlled municipality in East…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Statistical Analysis, Comparative Analysis, Communities of Practice
Strickland, Crystal Y. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The purpose of this quantitative study was to investigate the extent to which professional development practices in professional learning communities are consistent with research-based principles of effective professional development. Additionally, the study investigated potential differences in the content focus, active learning, coherence, and…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Statistical Analysis, Educational Practices, Faculty Development
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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
Mathews, Tracy A. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
This quantitative correlation survey study investigated the relationship between teachers' perceptions of the effectiveness of school principals as instructional leaders in professional learning communities (PLCs) and self-efficacy beliefs of teachers. Social Cognitive Theory, self-efficacy concept, and Adult Learning Theory were at the core of…
Descriptors: Correlation, Self Efficacy, Principals, Administrator Effectiveness
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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
Jennings, Karen – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Professional learning communities (PLCs), with their attributes of shared values, high expectations, and collaboration, have the potential to change school culture. The 4 elementary schools in this study have been unable to sustain ongoing, effective teamwork, resulting in a failure to attain adequate progress, and in 2 schools, in the placement…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Communities of Practice, Scores, Teamwork
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Owen, Susanne – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2014
Professional learning community (PLC) is a current "buzz" term in business and educational contexts, seemingly referring to anything from decision making committees to regular meeting groups or collegial learning teams. This paper explores the concept of a PLC within three significantly innovative schools, based on an examination of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, Collegiality, Faculty Development
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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Owen, Susanne – Educational Review, 2016
Student-driven "deep learning", teachers as "coaches" and "activators of learning" and positive student-teacher relationships are all part of the changing and significantly innovative educational landscape which requires considerable pedagogical change in teaching and learning processes. Teacher professional learning…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Well Being, Teaching Methods, Learning Processes
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LeChasseur, Kimberly; Mayer, Anysia; Welton, Anjale; Donaldson, Morgaen – School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 2016
Professional learning communities (PLCs) have become a popular strategy in various forms (e.g., data teams, grade-level teams) and with various champions (e.g., district leaders, university researchers, teacher advocates). Although well-implemented PLCs have been shown to distribute leadership, the tension between democratic inquiry processes and…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Elementary School Teachers, Middle School Teachers, Communities of Practice
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Nadelson, Louis S.; Harm, Eian; Croft, Glen; McClay, Kerry; Ennis, Kimberly; Winslow, Rob – Teacher Education and Practice, 2012
Professional learning communities (PLCs) are a widespread phenomenon in K-12 education, as they are perceived as a mechanism for enhancing teacher effectiveness and, therefore, student achievement. However, there is a dearth of empirical research on PLCs--particularly, the primary focus that the communities take, teachers' perceptions and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Teacher Effectiveness, Student Attitudes, Elementary School Teachers
Vause, Bonnie W. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Reading and math proficiency is important for all students because education is a leading indicator of personal health and success and national prosperity. Improved student performance has also been linked to teacher satisfaction. The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of teacher perceptions of their working conditions on student…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Conditions
Smith, Kishawn L. – ProQuest LLC, 2010
A local concern has been the effectiveness of school improvement efforts such as professional learning communities (PLCs) on student achievement. The results of this study are necessary as policy makers, school districts, administrators, and teachers aim to increase student achievement and the effectiveness of PLCs. The purpose of this study was…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Educational Improvement, Federal Programs, Academic Achievement
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