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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
Reitz, Hazel – ProQuest LLC, 2018
This phenomenological case study examined the link between teacher practice within the classroom and a newly implemented middle school social studies Professional Learning Community (PLC). More specifically, the use of mandates, theories, and activities were investigated through a series of teacher interviews, classroom observations,…
Descriptors: Grade 7, Geography Instruction, Communities of Practice, Middle School Teachers
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Skinner, Emily N.; Hagood, Margaret C.; Provost, Mary C. – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2014
This article examines the case studies of 2 middle grades professional learning communities that focused on teaching and learning with new literacies strategies. The new literacies theoretical lens that frames this study recognizes literacy as multimodal (e.g., print, image, sound) and tied to one's sociocultural identities and…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Communities of Practice, Literacy, Middle School Teachers
Gioe, Lisa M. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
This dissertation explored the beliefs of five members of a nascent professional learning community for middle school science teachers over the first semester of its existence. A professional learning community is a place for colleagues to voice and hear beliefs, and is particularly conducive to fostering the development of one's own beliefs.…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Science Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Science Instruction
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Petty, Teresa M.; Heafner, Tina L.; Farinde, Abiola; Plaisance, Michelle – Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 2015
The Windows into Teaching and Learning (WiTL) project was developed by researchers at one large urban institution in the southeast region of the United States as a way to facilitate online clinical experiences for content area methods students during summer coursework. Utilising both synchronous and asynchronous elements, WiTL addressed the issue…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, College Students, Summer Programs, Synchronous Communication
Sanderson, David Neil – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Music education scholars have questioned the effectiveness of isolated workshop and conference experiences on improving music teacher practices in the classroom. A model of professional development that potentially addresses these concerns is the professional learning community (PLC). In previous investigations of music teacher PLCs, the…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Communities of Practice, Music Teachers, Faculty Development
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LeChasseur, Kimberly; Mayer, Anysia; Welton, Anjale; Donaldson, Morgaen – School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 2016
Professional learning communities (PLCs) have become a popular strategy in various forms (e.g., data teams, grade-level teams) and with various champions (e.g., district leaders, university researchers, teacher advocates). Although well-implemented PLCs have been shown to distribute leadership, the tension between democratic inquiry processes and…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Elementary School Teachers, Middle School Teachers, Communities of Practice
Swanson Hoyle, Kylie Jayne – ProQuest LLC, 2017
After-school programs, such as a STEM Career Club, can promote student interest, engagement, and awareness of STEM majors and fields, as well as encourage teachers to become more knowledgeable and competent in STEM areas. In this dissertation study, two schools were selected from a larger NSF-funded project to participate in this study. Teacher-…
Descriptors: After School Programs, STEM Education, Clubs, Student Interests
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Makkonen, Reino; Tejwani, Jaclyn; Venkateswaran, Nitya – Regional Educational Laboratory West, 2016
Recent teacher evaluation reforms instituted across the country have sought to yield richer information about educators' strengths and limitations and guide decisions about targeted opportunities for professional growth. This study describes how results from new multiple-measure teacher evaluations were being used in 2014/15 in five school…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Data, Evaluation Utilization, School Districts
Meles, Ora – ProQuest LLC, 2011
The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of the implementation of a structured professional learning community model referred to as Learning Team Meetings (LTMs) on teacher practice and student achievement from the perspective of teachers and instructional leaders at high-need schools. To accomplish this purpose, a multi-site case study…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Communities of Practice, Meetings, Teaching Methods
Rawding, Molly Rothermel – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the perceptions of what makes a collaborative learning team (CLT) effective for novice and experienced teachers. Professional learning communities have emerged as one approach for job-embedded professional learning so that teachers have the opportunity to collaborate with the end goal of…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Instructional Improvement
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Nehring, James H.; O'Brien, Ellen J. – Journal of Educational Change, 2012
This study examined individual and school level factors that advance and suppress the traits of high performing schools. Based on action plans and reflective journals of 28 school level practitioners in 14 schools across 10 school districts, researchers tracked the progress of each practitioner from participation in a university-based school…
Descriptors: Change Agents, Educational Change, Campuses, Schools of Education
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Dooner, Anne-Marie; Mandzuk, David; Clifton, Rodney A. – Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 2008
Although professional learning communities are often promoted as unique learning opportunities, little is known about how they get started and how they are sustained. For this reason, group members are often unprepared, and then frustrated, by inevitable group tensions. With this in mind, Karl Weick's [(1979). "The social psychology of…
Descriptors: Social Psychology, Group Dynamics, Interprofessional Relationship, Middle School Teachers
Marin, Linda, Ed.; Boggs, Merry, Ed.; Szabo, Susan, Ed.; Morrision, Timothy, Ed.; Garza-Garcia, Lizabeth, Ed. – Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers, 2012
The Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER) Yearbook, Volume 34, includes papers presented at the annual conference, which have gone through a double peer review process. It also includes the Presidential Address and the keynote addresses given at the conference. For ALER's 55th annual meeting, the Association of Literacy…
Descriptors: Literacy, Reading Instruction, Teacher Education, Urban Education