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Cherrington, Sue; Thornton, Kate – Professional Development in Education, 2015
Professional learning communities are receiving increasing attention within the schooling sector but empirical research into their development and use within early childhood education contexts is rare. This paper reports initial findings of an exploratory study into the development of professional learning communities in New Zealand's early…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, Early Childhood Education, Faculty Development
Fernandez, Alexandra – ProQuest LLC, 2017
This qualitative study examined the elements of professional learning communities within Catholic elementary schools. The purpose of this study was to investigate best practices of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) as reported by elementary principals in a random sample of Catholic elementary schools. The researcher interviewed 14…
Descriptors: Catholic Schools, Elementary School Teachers, Religious Education, Sustainability
Kincaide-Cunningham, Cora E. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
This three-article dissertation contains three approaches to the topic of professional learning communities and their impact on student achievement. Article I is a synthesis of the literature related to the purpose of professional learning communities. Implications in educational settings are also presented in this article. The context of the…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Academic Achievement, Disadvantaged Schools, Teacher Attitudes
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Carpenter, Daniel – International Journal of Educational Management, 2015
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore supportive and shared leadership structures at schools as a function of school culture policies and procedures. Design/methodology/approach: A qualitative study was conducted at three secondary schools in the Midwestern USA. Administrators and teachers were interviewed, professional learning…
Descriptors: School Culture, Communities of Practice, Qualitative Research, Interviews
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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
Barrett, Jesse Leahn – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The purpose of this study was to explore secondary English teachers' perceptions of the benefits and challenges of professional learning communities (PLCs), with particular focus on what they considered to be characteristics of effective PLCs. Through a qualitative study in grounded theory using individual interviews among a subgroup of ten…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, English Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, English Instruction
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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
Early, Phaedra Bell – ProQuest LLC, 2012
The purpose of this study was to focus on teacher learning as it relates to professional learning communities. It is often touted that schools are a place for student learning, but many teachers now see school as a place for them to become learners as well through professional learning communities. This qualitative case study was designed to…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Interviews
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Turner, Julianne C.; Christensen, Andrea; Kackar-Cam, Hayal Z.; Fulmer, Sara M.; Trucano, Meg – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
Professional learning communities can be effective vehicles for teacher learning and instructional improvement, partly because they help change professional culture. However, little is known about "how" these changes occur. We used activity systems analysis to investigate the development of professional learning communities and their…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Systems Analysis, Instructional Improvement, Teacher Leadership
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Olivier, Dianne F.; Huffman, Jane B. – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2016
As the Professional Learning Community (PLC) process becomes embedded within schools, the level of district support has a direct impact on whether schools have the ability to re-culture and sustain highly effective collaborative practices. The purpose of this article is to share a professional learning community conceptual framework from the US,…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, School Districts, Participative Decision Making, Instructional Leadership
Dilmar, Amy D. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Despite millions of dollars spent on reform efforts, effective and sustainable improvement still eludes schools. The appropriate development of the professional learning community model, including five key dimensions, provides a structure for educational institutions to bring about sustainable improvements in student achievement. If principals do…
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Principals, Communities of Practice, Qualitative Research
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
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Qiao, Xuefeng; Yu, Shulin – Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, 2016
This qualitative case study examines the perspectives and experiences of seven Chinese primary teachers on the integration of shared knowledge artefacts into teaching in professional learning communities. The analysis of the semi-structured interviews and observation data revealed that using knowledge artefacts, such as preview sheets, flowing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Teacher Attitudes
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Reed, Latish C.; Swaminathan, Raji – Urban Education, 2016
This case study examines the leadership practices and actions of an urban high school principal who faced many challenges, but worked diligently to improve student achievement and school climate over a 3-year period. Significant improvements were made by using elements of Distributed Leadership, Professional Learning Communities, and Social…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Educational Improvement, Case Studies, Leadership Styles
Poh, Wei Beng; Dindyal, Jaguthsing – Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 2016
A history-infused lesson package developed by a team of teachers in a professional learning community was used to teach introductory calculus in a secondary school. First, we report a quasi-experimental design that showed that students in the experimental group performed significantly better than students in the control group. Second, we report on…
Descriptors: Calculus, Introductory Courses, Secondary School Mathematics, Integrated Curriculum
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