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Kirksey, Sean – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Professional learning communities have been labeled as effective and capable of producing continuous school improvement. Despite the merits and popularity of professional learning communities, they have been shown to be an elusive concept to implement. The problem this study addressed was the inconsistent quality of professional learning…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Educational Improvement, Instructional Leadership, Comparative Analysis
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
Kapp-Heifner, Kelli Elise – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The purpose of this qualitative case study was to examine the perceptions online adjunct higher education faculty have towards the use of professional learning communities as a component of their pedagogical training. This research emerged from two trends in higher education, adjunct faculty reliance and online education. This research addressed…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Communities of Practice, Adult Learning, Learning Theories
Barrett, Jesse Leahn – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The purpose of this study was to explore secondary English teachers' perceptions of the benefits and challenges of professional learning communities (PLCs), with particular focus on what they considered to be characteristics of effective PLCs. Through a qualitative study in grounded theory using individual interviews among a subgroup of ten…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, English Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, English Instruction
Rodriguez, Gabriel R. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
A growing number of schools are implementing PLCs to address school improvement, staff engage with data to identify student needs and determine instructional interventions. This is a starting point for engaging in the iterative process of learning for the teach in order to increase student learning (Hord & Sommers, 2008). The iterative process…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Case Studies, Data, Decision Making
Scholl, Steven Carl – ProQuest LLC, 2017
This study examined the relationship between the strength of Professional Learning Community dimensions and the level of Self-Direction in Learning as perceived by California State certificated elementary teachers. The Professional Learning Community Assessment-Revised recorded teacher perceptions of the strength of five PLC dimensions.…
Descriptors: Interaction, Teacher Attitudes, Correlation, Faculty Development
Dilmar, Amy D. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Despite millions of dollars spent on reform efforts, effective and sustainable improvement still eludes schools. The appropriate development of the professional learning community model, including five key dimensions, provides a structure for educational institutions to bring about sustainable improvements in student achievement. If principals do…
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Principals, Communities of Practice, Qualitative Research
John, Tyrone Ahson – ProQuest LLC, 2017
In this study, I investigate the impact of teachers' perceptions of professional learning communities on student algebraic achievement. Furthermore, I also investigate whether these relationships manifest differently for males compared to females. Research indicates that teacher quality and professionalism are considered the most critical factors…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, Algebra
Ford, Eastman Bryant, Jr. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Historically, there have been different types of instructional practice in education. Before the mid-1980s, administrators pushed content. In the mid-1980s, it was Effective Teaching with the Six-Point Lesson Plan. There were many observations with the Career Ladder of which the researcher was a participant in the pilot program. There came…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Parent Surveys, Teacher Surveys, Mathematics Teachers
Herro, Dan – ProQuest LLC, 2018
This qualitative single case study on backward design lesson planning experiences of teachers in a professional learning community focused on gaining a better understanding of collaborative planning of standards-based learning intentions, success criteria, assessments, and activities as performed by four participants meeting daily in one high…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Lesson Plans, Teaching Experience
Sun, Jennifer – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Reform efforts and changes in mathematics education have brought on a shift towards a new vision of mathematics teaching in the United States. In light of recent accountability standards, the focus on teacher learning within the context of mathematics professional development is even more pressing. Prior research on teacher learning in the context…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Educational Change, Elementary School Teachers
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
Haggquist, Lawrence Lee – ProQuest LLC, 2018
Purpose: Professional learning communities (PLCs) have provided a popular means by which schools have used structured collaboration to improve student outcomes. For this reason, the PLC model for collaboration has a strong reputation for helping schools achieve success. However, teachers and administrators regard the PLC efficacy differently. The…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes, Correlation, Faculty Development
Reitz, Hazel – ProQuest LLC, 2018
This phenomenological case study examined the link between teacher practice within the classroom and a newly implemented middle school social studies Professional Learning Community (PLC). More specifically, the use of mandates, theories, and activities were investigated through a series of teacher interviews, classroom observations,…
Descriptors: Grade 7, Geography Instruction, Communities of Practice, Middle School Teachers
Ostlund, Gina – ProQuest LLC, 2018
The purpose of this qualitative case study is to identify how PLCs influence the high school English teachers' practice in response to key instructional shifts within teaching standards in the Southwest United States. Legislation from the last two decades puts expectations in place that raise the bar for American students and their teachers…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Educational Change, Academic Standards, Language Arts
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