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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
Jacobs, Thach Kam Yin – ProQuest LLC, 2010
An exploratory quantitative study of professional learning communities and student achievement in the largest school system in the State of North Carolina provides evidence to support systemic implementation of professional learning community practices and activities. A one-way ANOVA was conducted to explore the impact of teachers' perceptions of…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Community Characteristics, Mathematics Achievement, Academic Achievement
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
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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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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
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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
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
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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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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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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Benoliel, Pascale; Schechter, Chen – Improving Schools, 2017
Research results have provided evidence of the potential contribution that professional learning communities (PLCs) can make to enhance school outcomes. While numerous organizational and cultural aspects of schools have been recognized as key requirements for PLC success, researchers have noted that a teacher's ability to share knowledge in the…
Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Personality Traits, Principals, Administrator Role
OECD Publishing, 2016
The OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) is the largest international survey of teachers and school leaders. Using the TALIS database, this report looks at different approaches to school leadership and the impact of school leadership on professional learning communities and on the learning climate in individual schools. It looks…
Descriptors: International Assessment, National Surveys, School Administration, Leadership Styles
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