Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Examining the Relationship Between Professional Learning Communities and Teacher Hope
by Wentworth, G. Ira, Ed.D., Concordia University Chicago, 2019, 125; 27663425
Abstract (Summary)

Hope carries a connotation of non-cognitive emotions. However, as part of positive psychology, hope is a cognitive process. It is a learned way of thinking that embodies goal setting, motivational agency, and finding multiple pathways around obstacles in pursuit of the goal. Individuals who are considered high-hope enjoy greater successes. As a school improvement model, many public schools promote Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) to change school culture. The basic function of a PLC involves teacher teams identifying a goal related to student learning and then devising and implementing plans to reach those goals. Therefore, the hypothesis of this quantitative study is that PLCs who function with higher fidelity to PLC practices purported by professional literature will correlate with high measures of hope among the teachers who work in such an environment. The results of this study may help school administrators identify strategies that result in a more hopeful teaching staff.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Schilling, Craig
Commitee: Hibbert, Kathleen, Graham, Brenda
School: Concordia University Chicago
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 82/4(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Educational psychology, Educational administration, Educational sociology
Keywords: Professional learning communities, Teacher hope, Hope theory, Positive psychology, Psychological capital
Publication Number: 27663425
ISBN: 9798678130297
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