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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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Chen, Peiying; Wang, Ting – Teacher Development, 2015
This article presents findings of a longitudinal case study conducted at a Taiwanese high school from 2006 to 2010. This school participated in the 'High Scope Programme' (HSP), which was sponsored by the Taiwanese National Science Council to promote curricular innovation in science education. Utilising interview data with 11 participating…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, Longitudinal Studies
Robbins, Susan Cornwell – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The purpose of this study was to explore perceptions of teachers who participated in professional learning communities, and the relationship of that participation to collaboration and co-teaching. Semi-structured interviews were employed to understand the perceptions of high school teachers who actively participated in PLCs with the goal of…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Participation, Regular and Special Education Relationship
Ashley, John Andrew – ProQuest LLC, 2017
A substantial amount of research shows that teacher collaboration and a collaborative school culture can significantly increase student achievement. However, long-standing norms of teacher isolation create a significant barrier to this endeavor. The increased popularity of Professional Learning Communities has helped education move away from these…
Descriptors: Leadership Role, School Culture, Teacher Collaboration, Academic Achievement
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Tuval, Smadar; Barak, Judith; Gidron, Ariela – Studying Teacher Education, 2011
This study presents our emerging understanding of the meaning of collaborative self-study as one of the mechanisms that facilitates effective, productive collaboration. Stemming from our experience of collaborative professional life over eight years, we explore the crisis we confronted as a professional learning community, the tensions underlying…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teacher Collaboration, Faculty Development, Teamwork
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Owen, Susanne Mary – Professional Development in Education, 2015
Innovative educational approaches for schooling require changes to the traditional teacher role towards operating as co-facilitators and co-learners, and working in teacher teams, with considerable professional learning supporting this. Professional learning communities (PLCs) have been acknowledged as highly effective, with their characteristics…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Collaboration
Nathan, Linda – Horace, 2008
Schools that encourage teachers to do excellent work, as Boston Arts Academy (BAA) does, are "professional learning communities." A professional learning community exists when the entire faculty and staff, including the administration, work together towards a shared set of standards and assessments that are known to everyone, including…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Faculty Development, Teacher Collaboration, Team Teaching
Flora, Terry E. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
This dissertation presents the findings of an exploratory, multiple-case study in which eight public secondary school teachers engaged in a professional development (PD) program centered on improving teacher instruction for English learners (ELs). The participants worked as co-teachers with teacher credential candidates, serving as both mentors…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Mentors, Team Teaching, Teacher Attitudes
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Ndlovu, Mdutshekelwa C. – South African Journal of Education, 2011
My purpose in this paper is to situate a university-school mathematics and science education partnership within a social justice perspective in education. The focus of the systemic intervention endeavour was school-based teacher professional development in which university-based facilitators embarked on class visits with the aim of identifying…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Social Justice, Mathematics Education
Chesson, Laura S. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
As the pressure on schools to meet higher and higher expectations with less and less resources increases, educators seek to explore school models which are centered on reforms that increased the likelihood of meeting this challenge. One reform initiative which has received much attention is the utilization of teacher leadership to improve school…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Educational Facilities Design, Trust (Psychology), Academic Achievement
Brown, Phillip A. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The purpose of this exploratory study was to determine the perceptions of co-teachers concerning their professional development needs for co-teaching and to determine the level of training they received to prepare them for co-teaching. Sixty-one co-teachers (general education teachers: n = 36, 59%; special education teachers: n = 25, 41%) in the…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Team Teaching, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Competencies
Lasiter, Doris Crowell – 1996
This study examined how professional learning communities develop, using cross-subject teams within the context of HUMANITAS, a program designed to promote teachers' professional growth and effectiveness by creating a voluntary "community of learners" for teachers and students. Data were gathered from teacher interviews, team…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Cooperation, Faculty Development, Group Dynamics