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ERIC Number: ED577371
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 120
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-0-3550-7305-8
A Little Help from Our Friends: The Benefits and Challenges of Mandatory Teacher Collaboration
Barrett, Jesse Leahn
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of South Carolina
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 secondary English teachers, various factors distinguishing successful professional learning communities emerged. Examining what these teachers have learned from personal experience created a better understanding of what high schools can do to improve the effectiveness of teacher collaboration and, consequently, the academic success of high school students. The study determined that there are common factors that help make professional learning communities more successful. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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