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Cooley, Laurel; Vidakovic, Draga; Martin, William O.; Dexter, Scott; Suzuki, Jeff – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2016
In this report we examine students' perceptions of the implementation of carefully designed curriculum materials (called modules) in linear algebra courses at three different universities. The curricular materials were produced collaboratively by STEM and mathematics education faculty as members of a professional learning community (PLC) over…
Descriptors: Student Reaction, Algebra, Student Surveys, Instructional Materials
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Gray, Julie A.; Summers, Robert – International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership, 2016
This article explores the role of enabling school structures, collegial trust, and collective efficacy in 15 pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade international, private schools in South and Central America and Mexico. While most of these schools shared an "American" curriculum the local culture and school norms affected the climate of the…
Descriptors: Private Schools, International Schools, School Organization, Trust (Psychology)
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Luft, Julie A.; Bang, EunJin; Hewson, Peter W. – Science Teacher, 2016
Science teachers often participate in professional development programs (PDPs) to improve their students' learning. They sign up for workshops, institutes, university classes, or professional learning communities to gain knowledge and new instructional practices and to find colleagues with whom to discuss their teaching. But with so many options…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Science Instruction, Faculty Development, Literature Reviews
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Moon, Jodi Saxton – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2016
This case was developed for use with future school leaders in an educational setting. There are several topics of discussion that can be developed, including but not limited to policy implementation, the efficacy of professional learning communities, and improving student learning outcomes. The setting is a solidly performing middle school in the…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Middle School Students, Communities of Practice, Principals
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Horwitz, Julie; Bradley, Janice; Hoy, Linda – Journal of Staff Development, 2011
In a professional learning community, adults learn through focused conversations on teaching practices and teacher learning to support student learning. Teachers in a professional learning community push each other's thinking and learning about teaching through questioning. While there are multiple opportunities for this critical thinking to…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Learning Activities, Interprofessional Relationship, Communities of Practice
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Vanblaere, Bénédicte; Devos, Geert – Educational Administration Quarterly, 2018
Purpose: Department heads play a pivotal role in the functioning of departments in secondary schools. However, quantitative research about the role of departmental leadership for the development of professional learning communities (PLCs) in subject departments in secondary schools remains scarce. As PLCs are seen as promising contexts for…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Regression (Statistics), Foreign Countries, Departments
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Wang, Ting – Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 2016
This article presents findings of a qualitative study on school leadership and professional learning community in two high achieving senior high schools in Northeast China. The findings show that teachers participated in school-based communities of professional learning, such as Teaching and Research Groups, Lesson Preparation Groups, and Grade…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Instructional Leadership, Communities of Practice, High Achievement
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Lai, Ming; Lim, Cher-Ping; Wang, Lixun – Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 2016
Digital teaching portfolios (DTPs) are increasingly adopted in higher education for various purposes such as assessment, learning, and showcasing. This paper reports on a collective case study of four teaching staff who have developed DTPs with an emphasis on building a professional learning community at a higher education institution. A number of…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Portfolios (Background Materials), Communities of Practice, Higher Education
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
Lee, Stephanie A. – ProQuest LLC, 2016
Increasing standardized test scores and identifying factors that impact student performance are always on the minds of educators. Educators are continually challenged by experts to consider professional learning communities (PLCs) as a viable pathway to school reform. This treatise will report on the results of a quantitative research study…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Questionnaires, Communities of Practice, School Readiness
Finch, Jeffrey A. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
During professional development time in secondary schools, teachers often engage in peer exchanges that can have positive influence on instruction and learning, but often this time is focused within departmental groupings on content development without an emphasis on how to improve instruction through a more diverse student lens. This research…
Descriptors: Public Schools, High Schools, Communities of Practice, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Svanbjörnsdóttir, Birna M.; Macdonald, Allyson; Frímannsson, Guðmundur H. – Professional Development in Education, 2016
In schools the participation of students, parents and paraprofessionals is important because it increases ownership and improves performance. Here the focus is on students' and paraprofessionals' learning and a sense of community when leaders try to develop a professional learning community in a new school in Iceland. An action research project…
Descriptors: Sense of Community, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Parent Attitudes, Student Attitudes
McCullum, Charcelor Channing – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The purpose of this study was to investigate and identify the factors that either support or inhibit learning transfer among educators within K-12 professional learning communities (PLCs) as well as to obtain a better understanding of how adult education principles relate to teacher learning and job satisfaction within this environment. Although…
Descriptors: Transfer of Training, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Faculty Development
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Hairon, Salleh; Goh, Jonathan Wee Pin; Chua, Catherine Siew Kheng – School Leadership & Management, 2015
Professional learning communities (PLCs) have gained considerable attention in education. However, PLCs are dependent on how group members collectively work and learn towards shared goals on improving teaching and learning. This would require leadership to support meaningful and productive interactions within PLC contexts, and hence, the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Leadership, Communities of Practice, Professional Development
Gray, Julie A.; Summers, Robert – International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, 2015
We explored the role of enabling school structures, trust in the principal, collegial trust, and collective efficacy in 15 pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade international, private schools in South and Central America. While the majority of these schools shared an "American" curriculum that was taught predominantly in English, we found that…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, International Schools, Faculty Development, Trust (Psychology)
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