Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Impact of Professional Learning Communities on Student Achievement at an Underperforming School: Teachers' and Administrators' Perceptions
by Kincaide-Cunningham, Cora E., Ed.D., Trident University International, 2017, 130; 10636650
Abstract (Summary)

This three-article dissertation contains three approaches to the topic of professional learning communities and their impact on student achievement. Article I is a synthesis of the literature related to the purpose of professional learning communities. Implications in educational settings are also presented in this article. The context of the review acknowledges the role of constructivism as the theoretical basis for the participation of teachers in professional learning communities, and highlights the significance of the problem. Article II describes a qualitative case study which explores data collected from teachers (via survey, N=35) and administrators (via in-person interviews, N=3) about the implementation and impact of a professional learning community at an underperforming school. Article III provides a training manual that may be utilized to revise and expand a pilot model of professional learning communities in an elementary school.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Deegan, Allison, Gilligan, Heidi
Commitee: Deegan, Allison, Gilligan, Heidi, Robinson, Fredrick
School: Trident University International
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 79/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Educational evaluation, Educational leadership, Educational administration
Keywords: Administrative support, Collaborating, Principal's role, School improvement, Student achievement, Teachers learning
Publication Number: 10636650
ISBN: 978-0-355-35151-4
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