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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
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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
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
Rodriguez, Gabriel R. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
A growing number of schools are implementing PLCs to address school improvement, staff engage with data to identify student needs and determine instructional interventions. This is a starting point for engaging in the iterative process of learning for the teach in order to increase student learning (Hord & Sommers, 2008). The iterative process…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Case Studies, Data, Decision Making
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Heggen, Kåre; Raaen, Finn Daniel; Thorsen, Kirsten E. – European Journal of Teacher Education, 2018
This article investigates how schoolteachers', school leaders' and college teachers' involvement affects placement schools as professional learning communities. Norwegian teacher education is used as a case. The first part builds on a survey among schoolteachers and mentors at 111 placement schools in Norway. It documents great variety in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Institutional Cooperation
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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
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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
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
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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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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
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Reinholz, Daniel L. – International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2017
Graduate student instructors (henceforth, instructors) play a crucial role in teaching early STEM courses. Thus, professional development for these instructors addresses an urgent need to improve STEM student success. This paper focuses on a semester-long professional learning community in which six mathematics graduate student instructors engaged…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Teachers, Peer Evaluation, Feedback (Response)
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