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Kise, Jane A. G. – Journal of Staff Development, 2012
Consider for a moment how launching a professional learning community is similar to starting a race. Athletes know the danger of false starts--moving before the starting signal. Until recently, a false start meant that all racers returned to the blocks to begin again, their adrenalin gone, their concentration broken. Because these effects could…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, Academic Achievement
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Sims, Rachel L.; Penny, G. Richard – Journal of Education and Training Studies, 2015
Schools are using various forms of professional learning communities (PLCs) in order to increase student achievement and improve educational practices through enhanced communication and collaboration among teachers. This study examined a PLC that had too narrow a focus and failed therefore to affect student achievement. A critical shortcoming of…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Academic Achievement, Objectives, Qualitative Research
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
Finley, Lauren L. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The purpose of this study was to describe elementary school teachers' perceptions of Professional Learning Communities and how they believed participation in a PLC impacts their professional development and classroom instruction. This study utilized organizational theory as a framework in order to better understand how changes in an…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Program Implementation, Communities of Practice, Elementary School Teachers
Jimerson, Linda D. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Secondary school students in the 21st-century are faced with political, economic, and social trends that often pose crises such as performing below levels of proficiency on state mandated assessments. Restructuring school cultures within various schools and districts were noted through the establishment of professional learning communities (PLCs).…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Secondary Schools, School Turnaround, Reflective Teaching
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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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Christ, Tanya; Arya, Poonam; Chiu, Ming Ming – Teaching Education, 2017
This study focused on two professional learning communities (PLCs) situated in literacy education practica courses. How four PLC resources (colleagues, facilitators, readings, and videos) were related to outcomes, including teachers' learning, teachers' application of this learning, and subsequent students' learning, was examined. Participants…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, Outcomes of Education, Lesson Plans
Colvin, Joshua A. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The study of transformative learning within collaborative teams was conducted to gain new applicable knowledge used to influence overall school improvement and implementation of professional learning communities. To obtain this new knowledge, the Professional Learning Community Collaborative Team Survey (CTS) was developed and psychometrically…
Descriptors: Surveys, Test Construction, Test Validity, Test Reliability
McDonough, Jessica S. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore how professional learning communities influence teacher morale and rigor in the classroom. Participants of the study consisted of six to eight core subject teachers from two 4-A high school campuses in southeast Texas. Two focus group interviews were conducted, one at each school, and…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Communities of Practice, Teacher Morale, Classroom Techniques
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Hord, Shirley M. – Journal of Staff Development, 2009
Everyone can agree that the purpose of schools is "student learning," and that the most significant factor in whether students learn well is "teaching quality." Further, teaching quality is improved through "continuous professional learning." The context most supportive of the learning of professionals is the professional learning community (Hord…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Professional Development, Faculty Development, Communities of Practice
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Supovitz, Jonathan; Sirinides, Philip – American Journal of Education, 2018
In a randomized controlled trial of a teacher data-use intervention, the Linking Study tested the impacts of a cyclical and collaborative process that linked teachers' data on instructional practice with data on their students' learning. This article describes the theory of the intervention and its roots in the literature as a backdrop for an…
Descriptors: Randomized Controlled Trials, Educational Practices, Evidence Based Practice, Intervention
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Dillon, Anna – Childhood Education, 2018
The third annual research symposium at Zakher KG School in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates (UAE), presented an exciting opportunity for the 33 teachers in the school to present their findings from classroom-based action research conducted within their professional learning communities. In this brief article, one attendee describes an unexpected…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Researchers, Action Research, Communities of Practice
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Dogan, Selçuk; Yurtseven, Nihal – School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 2018
The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of teachers' professional learning opportunities on instructional quality, which represents a combined approach of behaviorist, cognitivist, and constructivist principles in teaching. We incorporated professional learning communities (PLCs), professional development (PD) days, as well as 3 PD…
Descriptors: Professional Education, Educational Quality, Predictor Variables, Instructional Effectiveness
Bostick, Bradley – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Teacher attrition and the migration between schools and districts can have a negative impact on quality of education and teacher performance. Novice teachers leave the profession because they are overwhelmed by the workload and responsibilities of the job. In a previous action research cycle, I found that novice teachers' perceptions of…
Descriptors: Action Research, Social Networks, Communities of Practice, Beginning Teachers
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Watson, Cate – British Educational Research Journal, 2014
The concept of the professional learning community (PLC) has been embraced widely in schools as a means for teachers to engage in professional development leading to enhanced pupil learning. However, the term has become so ubiquitous it is in danger of losing all meaning, or worse, of reifying "teacher learning" within a narrowly defined…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Change Agents, Teacher Education, Educational Improvement
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