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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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Muñoz, Marco A.; Branham, Karen E. – Planning and Changing, 2016
Professional Learning Communities are an important means toward the goal of improving schools so that students can learn at high levels. Professional Learning Communities, when well-implemented, have a laser-focus on learning, work collaboratively, and hold themselves accountable for results. In this article, the central concept of…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Professional Education, Information Utilization, Evidence Based Practice
Linton, Jack, Jr. – ProQuest LLC, 2014
The ultimate goal of teacher professional development is to improve student achievement by improving teacher practices. To that end, the literature and research supports the development of professional learning communities as one of the most effective ways to accomplish that goal. Therefore, the research questions addressed in this study were: (a)…
Descriptors: Correlation, Communities of Practice, Academic Achievement, 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
Matthews, Shelley Hayes – ProQuest LLC, 2014
In Professional Learning Communities, educators collaborated and focused on ways to improve student learning. Teacher practice was one key component for improving student learning and was the focus of this study. Through the use of a collective case study, the researcher examined how teacher practice was affected through the implementation of…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Educational Practices, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Collaboration
Robertson, Danielle Shaw – ProQuest LLC, 2011
The dissertation was designed to describe the relationship of collective teacher efficacy to the phases of professional learning communities (PLC) in a rural school district in the southern piedmont region of North Carolina. Limited research exists in the area of collective teacher efficacy and its relationship to professional learning…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Change, Faculty Development
Vieluf, Svenja; Kaplan, David; Klieme, Eckhard; Bayer, Sonja – OECD Publishing (NJ3), 2012
Fortunately, teaching practices help shape the learning experiences and increase motivation and achievement for students. In addition, it has been revealed that when teachers collaborate well together they also tend to work better with students. This new informative publication clearly identifies and arranges profiles in relation to two connected…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Educational Change, Academic Achievement, Student Motivation
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Brown, Goldy, III – Education, 2016
This study investigated leadership supports provided by an elementary principal of 15 years in a high performing diverse school. Employing document analysis and interviews, the researcher gathered and analyzed data in an effort to identify those leadership strategies that could be replicated at other school sites. The study identified the…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Correlation, Administrator Role, Academic Achievement
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Kise, Jane A. G. – Journal of Staff Development, 2012
Consider for a moment how launching a professional learning community is similar to starting a race. Athletes know the danger of false starts--moving before the starting signal. Until recently, a false start meant that all racers returned to the blocks to begin again, their adrenalin gone, their concentration broken. Because these effects could…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, Academic Achievement
Passi, Gaurav – ProQuest LLC, 2010
The purpose of this study was to examine the professional learning community dimensions of a focus on learning, shared vision, collaborative culture, supportive structures and their impact on student achievement. Additionally, this study explored training in professional learning community principles as a moderating variable and the practice of…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Learning, Teacher Collaboration
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Botha, E. M. – Africa Education Review, 2012
Poor learner performance in South African schools raises concerns related to lack of commitment and accountability from school leaders and teachers with no common vision to promote a culture of high learner performance. This paper provides a literature overview of research available on the impact of professional learning communities (PLC) on…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Foreign Countries, Teacher Competencies, Faculty Development
Duling, Karen S. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Increasing student achievement is at the forefront of the school reform movement. Today's educators are called upon to raise academic standards to the highest level in history with common core standards that align with international benchmarks. One of the most rapidly-growing improvement efforts in today's schools is the development of…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Role, Communities of Practice, Faculty Development
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Svanbjörnsdóttir, Birna María; Macdonald, Allyson; Frímannsson, Gudmundur Heidar – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2016
The focus of the action research reported here is on how leaders and teachers used teamwork in developing a professional learning community in a new compulsory school in Iceland. Collaboration is a critical issue in schools as it can improve practice that supports student achievement. Results from the TALIS 2008 study show that Icelandic teachers…
Descriptors: Action Research, Communities of Practice, Foreign Countries, Teamwork
Murphy, Mary Sheppard – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Research reveals that many teachers express a discomfort about teaching writing; moreover, there is growing evidence that professional learning communities can have a positive impact on teacher learning and performance. The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore the relationship between teachers' involvement in a professional…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teacher Collaboration, Writing Instruction, Case Studies
Williams, Tonja L. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
This study evaluated the impact of the implementation of a professional learning community known as Critical Friends Groups (CFGs) on teachers' perceptions of their school as a professional learning community, on professional growth and development, instructional practices, and student achievement. This research utilized a mixed-methodology…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teacher Attitudes, Faculty Development, Educational Practices
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