Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Teachers' professional learning: The role of support, informal learning, and collaboration
by Marqua, Charles E., Ed.D., University of Connecticut, 2010, 82; 3411482
Abstract (Summary)

This study addressed the problem of devising learning programs for teachers that effectively increased teachers' professional learning. This descriptive study (a) used qualitative methods, (b) employed the Trio Model of Adult Learning (Sheckley, Kehrhahn, Bell, & Grenier, 2007) as a conceptual frame, and (c) explored the role that socio-environmental influences played in the professional learning of middle school teachers. In the setting of a middle school that was an exemplar for professional learning, information from multiple sources, including interviews with eight teachers, were collected and analyzed to provide a thick, rich description of teachers' professional learning. The analysis used a constant comparative method. The results indicated that a supportive climate, the opportunities for informal learning, and teachers' engagement in collaborative practices each had an important role in enhancing their learning. The results suggested that for this sample, as indicated in the Trio Model of adult learning, key experiences, individual attributes and socio-environmental affordances interacted recursively to enhance teachers' learning. The limitations to this study included: credibility and transferability of the results, biases of the researcher, and the dependability and confirmability of the findings.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sheckley, Barry
Commitee:
School: University of Connecticut
School Location: United States -- Connecticut
Source: DAI-A 71/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Educational leadership
Keywords: Collaboration, Informal learning, Professional learning, Support
Publication Number: 3411482
ISBN: 9781124044996
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