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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
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
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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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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
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
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
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
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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Enderson, Mary C.; Grant, Melva R.; Liu, Yating – International Journal of Research in Education and Science, 2018
This study was conducted to propose a framework of professional development tasks (PDTs) that may be used to enhance mathematics coaches' content knowledge and understanding of student work, as well as to help them conceptualize their role in facilitating a professional learning community in school. In this qualitative design experiment,…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Coaching (Performance), Probability
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Zhang, Jia; Yuan, Rui; Yu, Shulin – Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 2017
Using qualitative data collected from three high schools in Shanghai, this study explored the barriers to the development of professional learning communities (PLCs) in Chinese schools from the perspectives of school leaders and teachers. Results indicate that the barriers identified by teachers in the development of PLCs include insufficient…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Barriers
Eichelkraut, Jeff P. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Professional learning communities (PLCs) are collaborative teacher groups that focus on learning and continual improvement. Establishing PLCs can be a challenging endeavor, especially in smaller schools. Smaller schools employ fewer staff members, limiting opportunities for collaboration. This dissertation examined the implementation of PLCs in…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Learning Activities, Interprofessional Relationship, Communities of Practice
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Huggins, Kristin Shawn; Lesseig, Kristin; Rhodes, Heidi – International Journal of Teacher Leadership, 2017
In the era of standards-based reforms, informal teacher leadership is a critical factor in realizing instructional improvement. In this paper, we report on data from a one-year study of four early career mathematics teachers engaging in professional development around Common Core mathematical practices and leadership. Our findings highlight how…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Faculty Development
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Musanti, Sandra I. – Action in Teacher Education, 2017
The study explores English as a second language (ESL) and bilingual teachers' narratives within a learning community as they collectively engage in reflecting on practices to more effectively support English learners. This longitudinal qualitative study integrates narrative inquiry approach and critical incident methodology. Participants were…
Descriptors: Bilingual Teachers, English (Second Language), Reflection, Longitudinal Studies
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De Neve, Debbie; Devos, Geert – Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 2017
Research has shown that adequate support from the school environment is necessary to help beginning teachers in applying differentiated instruction (DI), but how schools can aid in this process remains unclear. This qualitative study explores how professional learning communities (PLCs), an indicator of a supportive school environment, can enhance…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Comparative Analysis, Special Needs Students
Abboud, Peter – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Purpose: The purpose of this qualitative case study was to identify and describe the strategies that California public high school principals utilized to develop a growth mindset in classroom teachers. Methodology: This qualitative case study used interviews from 12 high school principals to gain an understanding for how they supported a growth…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Public Schools
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