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A study in creating professional learning communities : two schools' experiences

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dc.contributor.advisor Townsend, David
dc.contributor.author van Zandbergen, Corey
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
dc.date.accessioned 2010-03-23T19:40:37Z
dc.date.available 2010-03-23T19:40:37Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/991
dc.description iv, 128 leaves ; 29 cm. -- en
dc.description.abstract Throughout the province of Alberta many schools are working to attain the somewhat elusive goal of becoming a "Learning Community". This study is about the journey two schools in East Central Alberta, separated by distance and a lack of cooperative tradition, undertook to become a Learning Community. It is also a study that looks at the nature of a Learning Community, and the consequences - intended and unintended - that result when school staffs engage in professional development with the learning community as an organizing principle. It is clear that professionals, working in a supportive and nurturing context, will be motivated to seek out meaningful professional development (PD) opportunities that will benefit their classrooms. Parents and students expect that teachers will network in order to seek out the PD that will create the most positive changes within their classrooms. However, trust and motivation among teachers are the essential intrinsic ingredients in the creation of a Professional Learning Community (PLC), and as the schools involved in this study have shown, they cannot be encouraged or developed overnight. These ingredients have to be slowly mixed in for the PLC model to become sustainable over the long term. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 2006 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Project (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education) en
dc.subject Teachers -- In-service training -- Alberta en
dc.subject School management and organization -- Alberta en
dc.subject School personnel management -- Alberta en
dc.subject Teachers -- Professional relationships -- Alberta en
dc.subject School improvement programs -- Alberta en
dc.title A study in creating professional learning communities : two schools' experiences en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.publisher.faculty Education en

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