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Christ, Tanya; Arya, Poonam; Chiu, Ming Ming – Teaching Education, 2017
This study focused on two professional learning communities (PLCs) situated in literacy education practica courses. How four PLC resources (colleagues, facilitators, readings, and videos) were related to outcomes, including teachers' learning, teachers' application of this learning, and subsequent students' learning, was examined. Participants…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, Outcomes of Education, Lesson Plans
Colvin, Joshua A. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The study of transformative learning within collaborative teams was conducted to gain new applicable knowledge used to influence overall school improvement and implementation of professional learning communities. To obtain this new knowledge, the Professional Learning Community Collaborative Team Survey (CTS) was developed and psychometrically…
Descriptors: Surveys, Test Construction, Test Validity, Test Reliability
McDonough, Jessica S. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore how professional learning communities influence teacher morale and rigor in the classroom. Participants of the study consisted of six to eight core subject teachers from two 4-A high school campuses in southeast Texas. Two focus group interviews were conducted, one at each school, and…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Communities of Practice, Teacher Morale, Classroom Techniques
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Hord, Shirley M. – Journal of Staff Development, 2009
Everyone can agree that the purpose of schools is "student learning," and that the most significant factor in whether students learn well is "teaching quality." Further, teaching quality is improved through "continuous professional learning." The context most supportive of the learning of professionals is the professional learning community (Hord…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Professional Development, Faculty Development, Communities of Practice
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Supovitz, Jonathan; Sirinides, Philip – American Journal of Education, 2018
In a randomized controlled trial of a teacher data-use intervention, the Linking Study tested the impacts of a cyclical and collaborative process that linked teachers' data on instructional practice with data on their students' learning. This article describes the theory of the intervention and its roots in the literature as a backdrop for an…
Descriptors: Randomized Controlled Trials, Educational Practices, Evidence Based Practice, Intervention
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Dillon, Anna – Childhood Education, 2018
The third annual research symposium at Zakher KG School in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates (UAE), presented an exciting opportunity for the 33 teachers in the school to present their findings from classroom-based action research conducted within their professional learning communities. In this brief article, one attendee describes an unexpected…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Researchers, Action Research, Communities of Practice
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Dogan, Selçuk; Yurtseven, Nihal – School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 2018
The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of teachers' professional learning opportunities on instructional quality, which represents a combined approach of behaviorist, cognitivist, and constructivist principles in teaching. We incorporated professional learning communities (PLCs), professional development (PD) days, as well as 3 PD…
Descriptors: Professional Education, Educational Quality, Predictor Variables, Instructional Effectiveness
Bostick, Bradley – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Teacher attrition and the migration between schools and districts can have a negative impact on quality of education and teacher performance. Novice teachers leave the profession because they are overwhelmed by the workload and responsibilities of the job. In a previous action research cycle, I found that novice teachers' perceptions of…
Descriptors: Action Research, Social Networks, Communities of Practice, Beginning Teachers
Kincannon, Susan D. – ProQuest LLC, 2010
The purpose of this study was to compare the science achievement and high school completion rates of students in a large high school implementing professional learning community concepts and practices with two large high schools not participating in professional learning community concepts and practices. The primary methodology employed was a…
Descriptors: High Schools, Science Achievement, Academic Achievement, Science Departments
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Watson, Cate – British Educational Research Journal, 2014
The concept of the professional learning community (PLC) has been embraced widely in schools as a means for teachers to engage in professional development leading to enhanced pupil learning. However, the term has become so ubiquitous it is in danger of losing all meaning, or worse, of reifying "teacher learning" within a narrowly defined…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Change Agents, Teacher Education, Educational Improvement
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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Anderson, Gary L.; Herr, Kathryn – Educational Researcher, 2011
This article takes issue with the notion that professional learning communities need to be more focused on teacher expertise through the use of online videos of lessons taught by expert teachers that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The authors argue that the use of externally developed, research-based, and standards-aligned…
Descriptors: Expertise, Evidence, Video Technology, State Standards
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Hairon, Salleh; Tan, Charlene – Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 2017
Professional learning communities (PLCs) have been recognised as having the potential to raise the quality of teachers, teaching and student learning through structured teacher collaboration, and have been featured prominently in Singapore and Shanghai--both considered top-performing Asian societies in the Program for International Student…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, Teacher Collaboration, Comparative Analysis
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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
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Voelkel, Robert H., Jr.; Chrispeels, Janet H. – School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 2017
Research suggests effective professional learning communities (PLCs) enhance teacher collaboration and student achievement. Some studies indicate that these communities also predict greater collective efficacy, while others suggest teacher efficacy is predictive of teachers working together. Although studies have identified effective,…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Correlation, Self Efficacy, Structural Equation Models
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