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Developing a professional learning community : a first step

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dc.contributor.advisor Townsend, David
dc.contributor.author Schoon, Marina L
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
dc.date.accessioned 2010-03-22T21:37:13Z
dc.date.available 2010-03-22T21:37:13Z
dc.date.issued 2004
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/978
dc.description ix, 69 leaves ; 29 cm. -- en
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this project was to capture a holistic picture of how one rural school community in Southern Alberta, over the course of one year, explored and experienced the journey toward becoming a Professional Learning Community (PLC). Specifically, it inquired into the critical enabling steps a professional teaching staff engaged in to support the development of a PLC. The primary focus was on school mission, vision, values, goals, level of collaboration, and orientation towards results. Data was collected through journal writing, interview, artifacts, and survey. Two factors contributed significantly to the school's development in becoming a professional learning community: first, teachers having the opportunity for regular, during-the-school-day time to meet with each other and, secondly, their use of time to focus collectively on teaching and learning in a way that develops trust but also requires accountability (goals with commitments and timelines). Other study findings indicate that establishing a PLC begins by collectively establishing a school vision, mission, and goals, followed with deliberate steps for implementation. This process also requires at least one school administrator who can facilitate and support the process by having clear vision of what it means to become a PLC. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 2004 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Project (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education) en
dc.subject Teachers -- In-service training -- Alberta, Southern en
dc.subject School management and organization -- Alberta, Southern en
dc.subject School personnel management -- Alberta, Southern en
dc.title Developing a professional learning community : a first step en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.publisher.faculty Education en

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