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Heggen, Kåre; Raaen, Finn Daniel; Thorsen, Kirsten E. – European Journal of Teacher Education, 2018
This article investigates how schoolteachers', school leaders' and college teachers' involvement affects placement schools as professional learning communities. Norwegian teacher education is used as a case. The first part builds on a survey among schoolteachers and mentors at 111 placement schools in Norway. It documents great variety in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Institutional Cooperation
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Kezar, Adrianna; Gehrke, Sean; Bernstein-Sierra, Samantha – Journal of Higher Education, 2018
The purpose of this article is to describe a new variation of communities of practice: communities of transformation. We define communities of transformation as communities that create and foster innovative spaces that envision a new future. This article is based on research examining four undergraduate STEM faculty communities of practice…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, STEM Education, College Faculty, Educational Policy
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Winslow, Matthew P.; Skubik-Peplaski, Camille; Burkett, Barry – Journal of Faculty Development, 2017
Professional learning communities (PLCs) are an effective way for faculty to learn about pedagogical topics and tactics. However, less is known about how effective they are at changing the teaching practices of the faculty participants and ultimately student learning. This article describes a mixed-method study of such a transfer of knowledge. In…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, Teacher Collaboration
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Cherrington, Sue; Macaskill, Anne; Salmon, Rhian; Boniface, Suzanne; Shep, Sydney; Flutey, Jonny – International Journal for Academic Development, 2018
Professional learning communities (PLCs) support students' learning in pre-tertiary education, but have not been sufficiently explored at the tertiary level. Drawing on the literature on PLCs across broader educational contexts, we explore the development of a PLC within our University using analysis of survey responses and through document…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Higher Education, Safety, Educational Development
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Terry, Laura; Zafonte, Maria; Elliott, Sherman – International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2018
In higher education, despite disciplinary expertise and teaching experience, faculty who are asked to implement curriculum into new modalities, particularly ones that rely heavily on technology such as blended learning, may be intimidated and overwhelmed. However, instructors may be more willing to explore new modalities if they feel that support…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Blended Learning, Interdisciplinary Approach, College Faculty
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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
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Richmond, Gail; Dershimer, R. Charles; Ferreira, Maria; Maylone, Nelson; Kubitskey, Beth; Meriweather, Alycia – Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 2017
In this paper, we present details of a partnership undertaken by four universities with field-based, alternative STEM teacher preparation programs and a large urban school district to provide ongoing professional support for teachers serving as mentors for individuals preparing for careers in high-poverty schools. We also present key findings…
Descriptors: Mentors, Models, STEM Education, Faculty Development
Courtade, Ginevra R.; Shipman, Stacy D.; Williams, Rachel – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2017
SPLASH is a 3-year professional development program designed to work with classroom teachers of students with moderate and severe disabilities. The program targets new teachers and employs methods aimed at supporting rural classrooms. The training content focuses on evidence-based practices in English language arts, mathematics, and science, as…
Descriptors: Rural Education, Special Education, Faculty Development, Coaching (Performance)
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Bedford, Laurie A.; Rossow, Katie A. – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2017
Virtual Professional Learning Communities (PLC) have become an innovative way to meet the professional development needs of faculty in the online learning environment. Walden University's model for PLCs, the Walden Junto, uses a combination of synchronous and asynchronous online strategies and is based on a philosophy that embraces the faculty…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Models
Gregory, Kristen Howell – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Many students enter college with inadequate reading, writing, and critical thinking skills to successfully navigate discipline-specific college-level coursework (Duff, 2010; Hyland, 2006; Lea & Street, 1998; Tsui, 2002). As such, college faculty, and specifically community college faculty, are challenged to meet the multiple literacy needs of…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Teacher Attitudes
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Chen, Rong-Ji; Daniels, Erika; Ochanji, Moses K. – Middle School Journal, 2017
The traditional model of teacher preparation, which focuses on content and methods courses in a college or university, can create a gap between university faculty and school practitioners. This article describes a series of clinical practice workshops as a viable means to bridge the gap between a university and its partner middle schools in the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Faculty Development, Teacher Education Programs
Sommer, Adam – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Previous research illustrated how principals effectively facilitate the development of teachers' instructional practice through actions such as differentiating professional development, providing continuous professional development, establishing learning communities and using supervision/evaluations to help modify instruction; however, what is…
Descriptors: Principals, Faculty Development, Educational Practices, Instructional Leadership