Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Perceived Benefits of the Professional Learning Community Model in the Elementary Setting: A Case Study
by Genenbacher, Brandis M., Ed.D., Missouri Baptist University, 2020, 130; 28026308
Abstract (Summary)

The mixed-methods convergent design case study examined the impact the Professional Learning Community (PLC) model had on student achievement as well as Collective Teacher Efficacy (CTE). The problem this study addressed is students in the United States of America are underachieving in academics compared to other first-world countries (Desilver, 2017). Collective Teacher Efficacy has the highest impact on student achievement (Visible Learning Plus, 2019), leaving educators to find ways to create CTE in schools. The purpose of this mixed-methods study was to determine if the implementation of the PLC model increased student achievement in the area of mathematics, as well as impacted CTE in one elementary school setting. The review of literature includes a brief overview of the student achievement epidemic facing the United States of America, the foundation of the Professional Learning Community model and its impact on student achievement, and how the PLC model is related to characteristics of creating CTE. In this study, one cohort group of staff and students were examined over the course of three years. The researcher used quantitative data collected from student state achievement scores to conduct a paired-sample t-test to determine if there was a statistically significant difference in student achievement scores post implementation of the PLC model. In addition, the researcher used quantitative data collected from staff survey data to conduct a two proportion Z test to determine if there was a statistically significant difference in teacher self-rated Likert scale surveys focused on teacher efficacy, staff satisfaction, and supportive environment, post implementation of the PLC model. The qualitative study examined teacher perceptions of CTE collected through individual interview data and analysis. The researcher of the study determined the implementation of the PLC model had a positive impact on student achievement and increased the teacher perception of collective efficacy.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Brown, Jane
Commitee: Koop, Brian, Boyd, Beverly
School: Missouri Baptist University
Department: Education Division
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 82/1(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Teacher education, Elementary education
Keywords: Collective teacher efficacy, Professional learning Community, Student achievement, Trust
Publication Number: 28026308
ISBN: 9798662464346
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