The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore how the use of learning rounds as a collective practice enhanced professional learning at the district and individual school level as perceived by administrators, principals, and teachers in one low-income rural K-12 public school district located in the eastern United States. The overarching research question in this study asked, how do administrators, principals, and teachers perceive the use of the learning rounds model has improved teaching and learning at the district and individual school level in one rural district located in the eastern United States? The use of organizational learning, adult learning, and communities of practice theories were used as the study’s theoretical foundation. The conceptual framework focused on organizational, learning, and culture-building dimensions as supported in the literature. A purposive sampling involved a maximum variation of administrators, principals, and teachers as part of the study’s sample of participants. The main findings were derived from face-to-face semi-structured interviews, obtained direct observations, and archival data. This case study used Yin’s Five Phase Cycle of Analysis as its primary approach for data analysis. The thematic findings in this study supported crossing boundaries, collaboration as a district-level practice, professional collaboration among and across schools, as well as the benefits and challenges associated with learning rounds. The results obtained in this study showed how K-12 educators may implement learning rounds to advance organizational, learning, and culture-building capacities to improve teaching and learning.
|Commitee:||Cipra, David, Farmbry, Deidre|
|School:||Grand Canyon University|
|Department:||College of Doctoral Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational leadership, Education, Organization Theory|
|Keywords:||Andragogy, Communities of practice networks, Crossing boundaries, Evidence-based education, Learning rounds, Organizational learning|
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