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Gee, Donna; Whaley, Jerita – Mathematics Teacher Education and Development, 2016
Elementary teachers were involved in a two-year grant focused on professional development using lesson study processes to increase their understanding of mathematics content and effective mathematics pedagogy. The primary research questions focused on how 16 elementary teachers described their professional growth after being involved in lesson…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Faculty Development, Teacher Collaboration
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Zhang, Jia; Yuan, Rui; Yu, Shulin – Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 2017
Using qualitative data collected from three high schools in Shanghai, this study explored the barriers to the development of professional learning communities (PLCs) in Chinese schools from the perspectives of school leaders and teachers. Results indicate that the barriers identified by teachers in the development of PLCs include insufficient…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Barriers
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Graham, Parry – International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, 2007
The process of creating a professional learning community can be difficult, lengthy, and incredibly rewarding. Based on the author's experiences working as an administrator in a professional learning community school, this article discusses the role that conversation, contention, and commitment play in the development of a PLC, and includes…
Descriptors: Role, Communities of Practice, Administrator Attitudes, Communication (Thought Transfer)
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Hairon, Salleh; Goh, Jonathan Wee Pin; Chua, Catherine Siew Kheng; Wang, Li-yi – Professional Development in Education, 2017
Professional learning communities (PLCs) as a means of raising the teaching profession are becoming more attractive in education systems seeking to improve school improvement processes and outcomes. The main intention is to increase the individual and collective capacity of teachers so as to support school-wide capacity for teaching and learning.…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Professional Development, Outcomes of Education, Educational Improvement
Eichelkraut, Jeff P. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Professional learning communities (PLCs) are collaborative teacher groups that focus on learning and continual improvement. Establishing PLCs can be a challenging endeavor, especially in smaller schools. Smaller schools employ fewer staff members, limiting opportunities for collaboration. This dissertation examined the implementation of PLCs in…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Learning Activities, Interprofessional Relationship, Communities of Practice
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Carpenter, Daniel – International Journal of Educational Management, 2017
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore educator collaborative inquiry in the shared workspace in professional learning communities (PLCs). Specifically, this investigation was part of an ongoing investigation of well-established PLC collaborative interactions and self-directed learning of educators as part of the shared workspace as a…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Communities of Practice, Teacher Collaboration, Educational Improvement
Mathews, Tracy A. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
This quantitative correlation survey study investigated the relationship between teachers' perceptions of the effectiveness of school principals as instructional leaders in professional learning communities (PLCs) and self-efficacy beliefs of teachers. Social Cognitive Theory, self-efficacy concept, and Adult Learning Theory were at the core of…
Descriptors: Correlation, Self Efficacy, Principals, Administrator Effectiveness
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Eaker, Robert; Keating, Janel – Journal of Staff Development, 2008
Never before has there been such widespread agreement among researchers and practitioners regarding the most promising approach to significantly improve schools. Researchers, writers, and educational organizations have all endorsed the concept of schools functioning as professional learning communities. At the same time, the concept will have…
Descriptors: School Culture, Academic Achievement, Educational Improvement
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Cooley, Laurel; Vidakovic, Draga; Martin, William O.; Loch, Sergio; Dexter, Scott; Suzuki, Jeff – North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 2013
We report on some results from a multiyear development of new techniques and materials for teaching linear algebra. Our goals were to (a) to create a professional learning community across STEM disciplines, (b) to combine expertise in content and pedagogy in designing effective instructional practice, and (c) to use learning theories to support…
Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematics Instruction, Learning Theories, Communities of Practice
Passi, Gaurav – ProQuest LLC, 2010
The purpose of this study was to examine the professional learning community dimensions of a focus on learning, shared vision, collaborative culture, supportive structures and their impact on student achievement. Additionally, this study explored training in professional learning community principles as a moderating variable and the practice of…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Learning, Teacher Collaboration
Ross-Norris, Vicki – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The purpose of this study was to explore the essence of professional learning experiences shared by teachers who participated in a professional learning community (PLC) at a New York City high school in the South Bronx. Guided by Hord's PLC characteristics and Bruner's constructivism theories, this phenomenological study addressed the research…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Urban Schools, Faculty Development, Secondary School Teachers
Martin, Linda – ProQuest LLC, 2013
This action research study examines school reform through the development of a professional learning community for teacher-leaders. Through action research, this study organized a select group of teacher-leaders into a professional learning community to engage in a series of readings through a book club. The purpose of the book club was to develop…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teacher Collaboration, Participative Decision Making, Instructional Leadership
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Bell-Robertson, Catherine G. – Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, 2015
Support for music teachers new to the profession is important and necessary. Some school districts use traditional mentor-mentee pairings as their primary support for novice music teachers; however, many factors in the professional lives of music teachers, such as traveling among multiple schools or a lack of subject-specific colleagues often…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Music Teachers, Mentors, Literature Reviews
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Jolliffe, Wendy – Education 3-13, 2015
Cooperative learning (CL), in spite of extensive research and documented benefits, is not widely used in England. A review of the literature shows that it requires a staged and sustained approach to implementation, which has led to a gap between its potential and actual use. The case study cited here provides one example of bridging that gap…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Teacher Collaboration, Curriculum Implementation, Communities of Practice
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Hallam, Pamela R.; Smith, Henry R.; Hite, Julie M.; Hite, Steven J.; Wilcox, Bradley R. – NASSP Bulletin, 2015
Professional learning communities (PLCs) are being recognized as effective in improving teacher collaboration and student achievement. Trust is critical in effectively implementing the PLC model, and the school principal is best positioned to influence school trust levels. Using five facets of trust, this research sought to clarify the impact of…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Teacher Collaboration, Trust (Psychology), Teamwork
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