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Troutt, Amy – ProQuest LLC, 2014
Teacher retention continues to be of concern for schools across the United States. High teacher turnover results in a loss of teacher quality, loss of commitment, and a loss of funding to school districts. Research suggests that increased teacher retention is affected by induction, mentoring/coaching, engaging in action research, professional…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Persistence, Faculty Mobility, Communities of Practice
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Huffman, Jane B.; Olivier, Dianne F.; Wang, Ting; Chen, Peiying; Hairon, Salleh; Pang, Nicholas – International Journal of Leadership in Education, 2016
The authors seek to find common PLC structures and actions among global educational systems to enhance understanding and practice. Six international researchers formed the Global Professional Learning Community Network (GloPLCNet), conducted literature reviews of each country's involvement with PLC actions, and noted similarities and common…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Communities of Practice, Networks, Interviews
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Patton, Kevin; Parker, Melissa; Pratt, Erica – Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 2013
The purpose of this study was to examine the pedagogy of facilitation within physical education professional development (PD). Specific research questions were: 1) What were the self-identified pedagogical strategies employed by facilitators in PD?, and 2) From the perspective of the participants, what strategies contributed to their growth as…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Physical Education, Facilitators (Individuals)
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Wynn, Susan R.; Brown, Kathleen M. – International Journal of Educational Reform, 2008
Beginning teachers in the United States continue to exit the classroom in alarming numbers, despite numerous recruitment and retention strategies. High turnover rates negatively affect instruction and, ultimately, student achievement. The purpose of this empirical inquiry of beginning-teacher retention issues is to better understand what new…
Descriptors: Job Satisfaction, Teacher Persistence, Focus Groups, Faculty Mobility
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DuFour, Richard – Middle School Journal (J1), 2007
It should surprise no one that there are faculties throughout North America that refer to themselves as professional learning communities (PLCs) yet do none of the things that PLCs do. Conversely, there are faculties that could serve as model PLCs that may never reference the term. A school does not become a PLC by enrolling in a program, renaming…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Educational Change, Faculty Development, Middle Schools
Droese, Shirley M. – ProQuest LLC, 2010
This study investigates the use of Lesson Study in three U.S. schools. Lesson Study is part of the culture of teaching in Japanese K-8 schools. Researchers in the United States brought the practice of Lesson Study ("jugyokenkyo" in Japanese) to light in the late 1990's while investigating reasons for differences in the performance of…
Descriptors: Instructional Improvement, Organizational Change, Faculty Development, Educational Change
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Tobia, Edward F.; Hord, Shirley M. – Journal of Staff Development, 2012
The occupation of teaching has many of the characteristics of a profession. It was once a calling that had the same degree of respect given to members of the clergy, but somewhere in the evolution of teaching in the United States, that sense of respect has been diminished, especially by policymakers who impose punitive actions when students fail…
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Self Concept, Professional Identity, Human Dignity
Forsman, Malcolm – ProQuest LLC, 2010
This quantitative study examined the effects of a New Hampshire Department of Education policy, Ed 512. This mandated state policy was designed to influence local district leadership to facilitate the development of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) at the school level with the goal of improving instruction in the classroom. For this study…
Descriptors: State Government, Master Plans, Educational Policy, State School District Relationship