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Early, Phaedra Bell – ProQuest LLC, 2012
The purpose of this study was to focus on teacher learning as it relates to professional learning communities. It is often touted that schools are a place for student learning, but many teachers now see school as a place for them to become learners as well through professional learning communities. This qualitative case study was designed to…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Interviews
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Turner, Julianne C.; Christensen, Andrea; Kackar-Cam, Hayal Z.; Fulmer, Sara M.; Trucano, Meg – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
Professional learning communities can be effective vehicles for teacher learning and instructional improvement, partly because they help change professional culture. However, little is known about "how" these changes occur. We used activity systems analysis to investigate the development of professional learning communities and their…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Systems Analysis, Instructional Improvement, Teacher Leadership
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Easton, Lois Brown – Journal of Staff Development, 2012
Adult learning is essential in schools. Learning Forward's Scholar Laureate Shirley Hord observes, "The improvement of our schools seldom results from mandates. What has become very clear is that change (its adoption and implementation) cannot occur without the provision of ongoing and long-term learning for the professionals" (Hord, 2011, p. xv).…
Descriptors: School Personnel, Communities of Practice, Adult Learning, Professional Development
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Spencer, Elizabeth J. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2016
The inclusion of professional learning community (PLC) groups is now a common initiative in many districts across the country. While this step supports the professional development of teachers, an effective PLC program must go beyond just bringing colleagues together during a common time. The author recommends organizational structures for schools…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Educational Practices, Faculty Development, Instructional Improvement
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Hilliard, Ann T. – Contemporary Issues in Education Research, 2012
It is important for leadership teams and faculty members in higher education to create an atmosphere of trust as new and improved ideas are addressed in a professional learning community setting. Prior to the past ten years, many faculty members at the university have been accustomed to working somewhat independently in their own discipline.…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Communities of Practice, Collegiality, Definitions
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Huggins, Kristin Shawn; Scheurich, James Joseph; Morgan, James R. – Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, 2011
Utilizing a qualitative case-study design, this study explored how a mid-sized urban high school professional learning community was used as a reform effort to increase student achievement in mathematics on standards-based assessments. From a year-long interaction with the math professional learning community, which consisted of 3 school leaders…
Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Educational Change, Faculty Development, Teaching Methods
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Ryoo, Jean; Goode, Joanna; Margolis, Jane – Computer Science Education, 2015
This article describes the importance that high school computer science teachers place on a teachers' professional learning community designed around an inquiry- and equity-oriented approach for broadening participation in computing. Using grounded theory to analyze four years of teacher surveys and interviews from the Exploring Computer Science…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, High Schools, Secondary School Teachers, Computer Science Education
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Olivier, Dianne F.; Huffman, Jane B. – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2016
As the Professional Learning Community (PLC) process becomes embedded within schools, the level of district support has a direct impact on whether schools have the ability to re-culture and sustain highly effective collaborative practices. The purpose of this article is to share a professional learning community conceptual framework from the US,…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, School Districts, Participative Decision Making, Instructional Leadership
Gaudioso, Jennifer A. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Perceptions of School Principals on Participation in Professional Learning Communities as Job-Embedded Learning Jennifer Gaudioso Principal Professional Learning Communities (PPLCs) have emerged as a vehicle for professional development of principals, but there is little research on how principals experience PPLCs or how districts can support…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Attitudes, Participation, Communities of Practice
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Schechter, Chen; Feldman, Niv – Educational Research and Reviews, 2013
The concept of a professional learning community is characterized by the networks of learning processes which exist among its members, where teachers continuously deliberate with one another on how to solve problems that relate to teaching and learning. Interestingly, whereas a growing number of studies have focused on how to promote collective…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Principals, Administrator Role, Special Education
Linton, Jack, Jr. – ProQuest LLC, 2014
The ultimate goal of teacher professional development is to improve student achievement by improving teacher practices. To that end, the literature and research supports the development of professional learning communities as one of the most effective ways to accomplish that goal. Therefore, the research questions addressed in this study were: (a)…
Descriptors: Correlation, Communities of Practice, Academic Achievement, Faculty Development
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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
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Hoaglund, Amy E.; Birkenfeld, Karen; Box, Jean Ann – Education, 2014
According to Richard DuFour (2004), "To create a professional learning community, focus on learning rather than teaching, work collaboratively and hold yourself accountable for results." Professional learning communities provide the structure that must exist within a school in order to become effective. However, to truly prepare…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, Undergraduate Students
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Sandell, Renee; Zimmerman, Enid – Studies in Art Education: A Journal of Issues and Research in Art Education, 2017
In alignment with the National Art Education Association's (NAEA) 2015-2020 Strategic Vision, Enid Zimmerman conducted an evaluation of Summer Vision DC (SVDC), an NAEA-sponsored, museum-based art education professional learning community program. The purpose was twofold: to provide feedback to the leaders of the program (including Renee Sandell,…
Descriptors: Museums, Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, Exhibits
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Lieberman, Ann; Miller, Lynne – Journal of Staff Development, 2016
As they write about the Learning Communities standard in "Reach the Highest Standard in Professional Learning: Learning Communities," authors Ann Lieberman and Lynne Miller consider why communities have gained widespread attention and support and summarize the established research base about them. They also describe three contexts in…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Communities of Practice, Professional Continuing Education, Educational Practices
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