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Buttram, Joan L.; Farley-Ripple, Elizabeth N. – Leadership and Policy in Schools, 2016
The purpose of this article is to identify how principals shape the adoption and implementation of professional learning communities. The study employed a sequential mixed-methods approach in which interviews, observations, and document analysis informed survey design. Teachers were surveyed in four elementary schools about the practices and…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Principals, Adoption (Ideas), Program Implementation
Gaudioso, Jennifer A. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Perceptions of School Principals on Participation in Professional Learning Communities as Job-Embedded Learning Jennifer Gaudioso Principal Professional Learning Communities (PPLCs) have emerged as a vehicle for professional development of principals, but there is little research on how principals experience PPLCs or how districts can support…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Attitudes, Participation, Communities of Practice
Geraghty, Jennifer – ProQuest LLC, 2016
The intent of this qualitative research study had two purposes. One, to describe and explain the perceptions of elementary school teachers through their participation in a Professional Learning Community, as defined by DuFour, DuFour, Eaker & Many (2010). This research was initiated with elementary education teachers, grades kindergarten…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Qualitative Research, Elementary School Teachers, Communities of Practice
Hillery, Patricia L. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
As school districts' professional development trends shift to meet annual budget requirements, it is worthy to explore the benefits of professional learning communities as they are a potential means for job-embedded professional development. As an advocate for professional learning, Hirsh (2009) stated that every teacher should engage in…
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes
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
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Ngalawa, Athanas; Simmt, Elaine; Glanfield, Florence – Global Education Review, 2015
This article describes a qualitative exploration of a primary school in a remote rural community of Tanzania, whose students showed promising performance in mathematics, as measured by the Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE). Case study methods were used to conduct research about the school and the community and included interviews, focus…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Educational Improvement, School Community Relationship, Case Studies
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
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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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Svanbjörnsdóttir, Birna M.; Macdonald, Allyson; Frímannsson, Guðmundur H. – Professional Development in Education, 2016
In schools the participation of students, parents and paraprofessionals is important because it increases ownership and improves performance. Here the focus is on students' and paraprofessionals' learning and a sense of community when leaders try to develop a professional learning community in a new school in Iceland. An action research project…
Descriptors: Sense of Community, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Parent Attitudes, Student Attitudes
McCullum, Charcelor Channing – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The purpose of this study was to investigate and identify the factors that either support or inhibit learning transfer among educators within K-12 professional learning communities (PLCs) as well as to obtain a better understanding of how adult education principles relate to teacher learning and job satisfaction within this environment. Although…
Descriptors: Transfer of Training, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Faculty Development
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Wennergren, Ann-Christine; Blossing, Ulf – Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 2017
Students represent the majority of the people in a school organisation, but are rarely considered as participants in literature on professional learning communities (PLC). This article explored a PLC with the legitimate participation of students in the classroom. Data was based on interviews with 11 teachers. Community of practice theory provides…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Interviews, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship
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Kelly, Jennifer; Cherkowski, Sabre – Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 2015
This case study documents and interprets teachers' experiences in a professional development initiative called Changing Results for Young Readers in British Columbia. The reflections and discussions of a group of teachers in a rural school district were examined in order to understand how the participants constructed their realities relative to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Faculty Development, Rural Schools
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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
Harris, Ainsley Taylor – Online Submission, 2010
During the course of this study, I examine the effective uses of professional learning communities in relation to building leadership capacity among teachers. The literature reviewed illustrates and addresses the need for teachers to see themselves, not only as professionals, but as leaders. This study addresses the effects of this much needed…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Leadership, Communities of Practice, Leadership Training
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
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