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Chauraya, Million; Brodie, Karin – African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 2017
Professional learning communities as a form of teacher development have been in existence internationally for some time now and more recently in South Africa. Although strong claims have been made for their influence on teacher practices, very few research studies have investigated these claims. This paper presents a case study that connects…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, Mathematics Teachers
Carpenter, Dan – ProQuest LLC, 2012
The purpose of this reputation-based, multiple-site case study was to explore professional learning communities' impact on teacher classroom practice. The goal of this research was to describe the administrator and teachers' perceptions with respect to professional learning communities as it related to teacher practice in their school. Educators…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Communities of Practice, Teaching Methods, Teacher Attitudes
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Huggins, Kristin Shawn; Scheurich, James Joseph; Morgan, James R. – Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, 2011
Utilizing a qualitative case-study design, this study explored how a mid-sized urban high school professional learning community was used as a reform effort to increase student achievement in mathematics on standards-based assessments. From a year-long interaction with the math professional learning community, which consisted of 3 school leaders…
Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Educational Change, Faculty Development, Teaching Methods
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Ryoo, Jean; Goode, Joanna; Margolis, Jane – Computer Science Education, 2015
This article describes the importance that high school computer science teachers place on a teachers' professional learning community designed around an inquiry- and equity-oriented approach for broadening participation in computing. Using grounded theory to analyze four years of teacher surveys and interviews from the Exploring Computer Science…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, High Schools, Secondary School Teachers, Computer Science Education
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
Moore, Theresa – ProQuest LLC, 2010
Research indicates that a theoretical framework known as a professional learning community can make a positive difference in schools. This mixed-method study examines teacher perceptions of school leadership and climate in two rural elementary schools in South Carolina. Using interviews, focus group sessions and a survey, the researcher answers…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Focus Groups, Program Effectiveness, Faculty Development
Lovett, Helen Tomlinson – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The purpose of this study was to examine beginning high school teachers' perceptions of involvement in Professional Learning Communities in southeastern North Carolina and to determine whether beginning teachers' perceptions of involvement in Professional Learning Communities influenced their decisions to move to another location, stay in…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, High Schools, Teacher Attitudes
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Schaap, Harmen; de Bruijn, Elly – Learning Environments Research, 2018
This article focuses on the development of professional learning communities (PLCs), which are communities within schools, composed of voluntary participating teachers facilitated by school principals with a specific task to accomplish as part of a larger innovation project. Four PLCs were observed during 3 years by using questionnaires and…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Professional Education, Performance Factors
Strickland, Crystal Y. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The purpose of this quantitative study was to investigate the extent to which professional development practices in professional learning communities are consistent with research-based principles of effective professional development. Additionally, the study investigated potential differences in the content focus, active learning, coherence, and…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Statistical Analysis, Educational Practices, Faculty Development
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Guerrero, Cristina; Shahnazarian, Armen; Brown, Michelle F. – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2017
In this article we document our experiences as facilitators for the "Engaging All Students" professional learning community (PLC), which was implemented to help Toronto public school teachers re-engage underachieving students. These students, who are known as "marker students," are members of the school system's most…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Learner Engagement, Underachievement, At Risk Students
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Gee, Donna; Whaley, Jerita – Mathematics Teacher Education and Development, 2016
Elementary teachers were involved in a two-year grant focused on professional development using lesson study processes to increase their understanding of mathematics content and effective mathematics pedagogy. The primary research questions focused on how 16 elementary teachers described their professional growth after being involved in lesson…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Faculty Development, Teacher Collaboration
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Courtade, Ginevra R.; Shipman, Stacy D.; Williams, Rachel – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2017
SPLASH is a 3-year professional development program designed to work with classroom teachers of students with moderate and severe disabilities. The program targets new teachers and employs methods aimed at supporting rural classrooms. The training content focuses on evidence-based practices in English language arts, mathematics, and science, as…
Descriptors: Rural Education, Special Education, Faculty Development, Coaching (Performance)
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Gujarati, Joan – Educational Forum, 2012
Studies have shown that teacher quality is the single greatest factor affecting student achievement. However, it is not simply enough to recruit highly qualified candidates and place them into the schools where they are needed the most; the United States needs a system to support and retain these teachers. This essay posits that school districts…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Labor Turnover, Logical Thinking, Teacher Persistence
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Stoll, Louise; McMahon, Agnes; Thomas, Sally – Journal of School Leadership, 2006
This article reports key findings from a 2-1/2-year mixed methodological study of professional learning communities, the first of its kind in England. In particular, the concept of effectiveness is explored as it relates to professional learning communities. We describe three ways in which effectiveness can be construed, arguing that any…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Identification, Faculty Development, Professional Development
Breaux, Annette – Educational Leadership, 2016
In her years of experience studying, working with, and writing about new teachers, induction programs, and mentoring, Annette Breaux has learned that successful mentoring boils down to 10 factors. In this article, Breaux highlights those features and provides actionable takeaways for school districts and educators. She recommends embedding…
Descriptors: Mentors, Program Effectiveness, Best Practices, Educational Practices
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