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Implementation of a collaborative culture in one Midwestern urban school


2007 2007

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Abstract (summary)

Today, a wide range of researchers and authors are beginning to focus their attention on school change, decreased teacher isolation and increased collaboration among educators with a focus on improving student learning. A term, Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), has come to represent this focus and embodies promise for educational change.

The purpose of this study was to examine one Midwest urban school's approach to implementing the concepts and philosophies of a Professional Learning Community. The purpose in doing so was to study the school's process of implementation and how it reflected three themes which emerged from the literature review: Leadership, Collaboration and Focus on Student Learning.

The guiding research question was: How is a Professional Learning Community initially implemented within a school? The method of research was a qualitative case study approach with data collection including: interviews with two administrators and three classroom teachers who were involved in the implementation process, observations of collaborative teaching teams and documents which supported the implementation process.

The results of the study demonstrated a need for increased professional development in order for teachers to have a better understanding of the function and purpose of a PLC and to address issues that arise from increased collaboration like item analysis and interventions that support student success. A need for more time for the business of collaboration (e.g., meetings, preparation) also surfaced as a result of the study. The shift from teacher isolation to collaboration requires a great deal of time and although there was a common plan time allocated, all teachers noted the need for more time in order to complete the tasks necessary for a well functioning PLC.

Indexing (details)


Subject
School administration;
Curricula;
Teaching
Classification
0514: School administration
0727: Curricula
0727: Teaching
Identifier / keyword
Education; Collaborative culture; Midwestern; Professional learning communities; Urban education
Title
Implementation of a collaborative culture in one Midwestern urban school
Author
Ladwig, Danielle Kristine
Number of pages
163
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
0138
Source
DAI-A 68/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549052678
Advisor
McGowan, Thomas
Committee member
Andrews, Larry; Gray, Cindy; Isernhagen, Jody; Walter, Jim
University/institution
The University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Department
Educational Studies
University location
United States -- Nebraska
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3266776
ProQuest document ID
304843091
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304843091
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