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Thornton, Kate; Cherrington, Sue – Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 2014
Professional learning communities in the early childhood education sector have been under-researched. The focus on collaborative learning, collective enquiry and shared leadership of such communities makes them worthy of study in order to establish their relevance to the sector. One of the foci of this research involving case studies of different…
Descriptors: Leadership, Communities of Practice, Early Childhood Education, Cooperative Learning
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Pang, Nicholas Sun-Keung; Wang, Ting; Leung, Zoe Lai-Mei – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2016
This study explored the characteristics of professional learning communities (PLCs) in Hong Kong primary schools. It investigated the profiles of the strengths of professional learning community in schools under study and particularly examined the practices in schools which were identified as strong PLCs. It extends research on PLCs in the Hong…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Practices, Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice
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Spencer, Elizabeth J. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2016
The inclusion of professional learning community (PLC) groups is now a common initiative in many districts across the country. While this step supports the professional development of teachers, an effective PLC program must go beyond just bringing colleagues together during a common time. The author recommends organizational structures for schools…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Educational Practices, Faculty Development, Instructional Improvement
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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
Jimerson, Linda D. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Secondary school students in the 21st-century are faced with political, economic, and social trends that often pose crises such as performing below levels of proficiency on state mandated assessments. Restructuring school cultures within various schools and districts were noted through the establishment of professional learning communities (PLCs).…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Secondary Schools, School Turnaround, Reflective Teaching
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Song, Kyoung-Oh; Choi, Jinyoung – International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 2017
Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are an important strategy for innovation in schools, and they are receiving considerable attention from scholars and educators alike. The present study aimed to examine the effect of PLCs on schools' effectiveness and to investigate the social, organizational, and structural factors that can promote these…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Surveys, Structural Equation Models
Nolin, Anna P. – ProQuest LLC, 2014
This study explored the role of professional learning communities for district leadership implementing large-scale technology initiatives such as 1:1 implementations (one computing device for every student). The existing literature regarding technology leadership is limited, as is literature on how districts use existing collaborative structures…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, School Districts, Leadership, Technology Integration
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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
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Vance, Femi; Salvaterra, Emily; Michelsen, Jocelyn Atkins; Newhouse, Corey – Afterschool Matters, 2016
A skilled workforce is critical in high-quality out-of-school time (OST) programs. However, the workshops commonly used to train OST staff are not adequately preparing practitioners to deliver quality programs that can benefit youth. Professional learning communities (PLCs) are a practice-focused alternative that has a track record of improving…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Communities of Practice, After School Programs, Faculty Development
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Hall, Bill – Journal of Staff Development, 2008
A school improvement process that relies on professionals learning in concert with each other also holds the key to developing the leadership capacity and sustainability that schools and systems so desperately need. Professional learning communities thrive when districts experience consistent leadership across the district, so succession planning…
Descriptors: Community Development, Educational Change, Leadership, Administration
Guajardo-Cantú, Amelia – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Teaching in the 21st century requires the search for new and ongoing innovative practices. Such emerging practices in the field of teaching are reshaping the everyday normalities of how educators used to teach in the past. The Professional Learning Community (PLC) model is an emerging educational innovation and is considered as a powerful strategy…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Communities of Practice, Learning Processes, Educational Innovation
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Jones, Christopher M.; Thessin, Rebecca A. – Planning and Changing, 2015
This literature review examines the existing literature on the role of the principal in the change process to create a context for change to both develop professional learning communities (PLCs) and sustain a context of continuous improvement over time. The Brown and Anfara (2003) framework was used as a theoretical lens to analyze the literature…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Communities of Practice, Administrator Role, Principals
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Williams, Ray; Brien, Ken; Sprague, Crista; Sullivan, Gerald – Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 2008
Professional learning communities have become a focus of educational reform in New Brunswick. The implementation and sustainability of this reform is dependent on shifting many of the organizational and operational characteristics of the traditional bureaucratic model into those that support a learning community approach in schools. The study…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Readiness, Community, Professional Development
Wallace, Donna L. – ProQuest LLC, 2010
This qualitative multi-case study sought to (a) identify the leadership qualities used by secondary principals in professional learning communities and (b) explore the personal, professional, educational, and institutional factors that shape their practices. The research sites were comprised of five secondary high school campuses that had…
Descriptors: Campuses, Leadership Qualities, Leadership, Principals
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Gates, Gordon S.; Watkins, Millie – Journal of School Leadership, 2010
Teachers hold the key to school reform. Professional learning communities--as well as other related strategies, including collaborative and distributive models of leadership--offer much that is promising. Yet, weaknesses documented in research require attention. We conducted a study of teachers in two elementary schools identified as exemplary…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Teacher Collaboration, Cooperation, Educational Change
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