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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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Hilliard, Ann T. – Contemporary Issues in Education Research, 2012
It is important for leadership teams and faculty members in higher education to create an atmosphere of trust as new and improved ideas are addressed in a professional learning community setting. Prior to the past ten years, many faculty members at the university have been accustomed to working somewhat independently in their own discipline.…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Communities of Practice, Collegiality, Definitions
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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
Mitchell, Tekeisha Ford – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The purpose of this study was to explore teachers' perceptions of the influence of professional learning communities on teachers' professional practices. Research shows that the adjustment from college student to the teaching environment for new teachers has increased through involvement on committees, collaboration with peers, and hands-on…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Collaboration, Communities of Practice, Interviews
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
Bostic, Cristi M. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
This dissertation evaluated the implementation of professional learning communities in a large suburban school district in North Carolina. The presence of shared and supportive leadership, shared values and vision, collective learning and application, shared personal practice, supportive conditions for relationships, and supportive conditions for…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Communities of Practice, Test Results, Program Effectiveness
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
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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
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
Burns, Mary Ann – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Dewey (1933) provided the foundation for reflective practice in education with the notion that learning is not in the doing, but rather it is in the thinking about the doing that creates learning. Evidence is growing about the importance of reflection for improving teaching and learning practices to increase student achievement (York-Barr, et al.,…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Reflective Teaching, School Culture
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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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