An Examination of Qualities of Effective Professional Learning Communities in Urban Schools

dc.contributor.advisorWilkerson, Trena L.
dc.contributor.authorMcHenney, Rebecca
dc.contributor.departmentSecondary Mathematics.en_US
dc.contributor.schoolsHonors College.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-06-02T15:38:33Z
dc.date.available2015-06-02T15:38:33Z
dc.date.copyright2015
dc.description.abstractThis study seeks to identify characteristics of effective Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) in urban schools. Beginning with a body of research on education reform, challenges faced by urban schools, and implementation of PLCs, this study analyzes five case studies of PLCs in urban, Title I schools from the literature and develops a model of characteristics of effective PLCs using a grounded theory approach. Findings indicate six characteristics of effective PLCs: administration, collaboration, relationships, focus, teacher beliefs, and support. In effective PLCs, administrators regularly interact with the PLC through collaboration. Effective PLCs also exhibit strong accountability structures and support systems. This research indicates the role of administrative leadership in PLCs of striking a balance between holding teachers accountable for improving their practices and providing the supports necessary in order for them to do so. It also indicates the importance of PLCs as a structure for increasing communication between teachers and administrators.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2104/9392
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.rightsBaylor University projects are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. Contact libraryquestions@baylor.edu for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.rights.accessrightsWorldwide accessen_US
dc.subjectEducation.en_US
dc.subjectReform.en_US
dc.subjectUrban.en_US
dc.subjectProfessional Learning Communities.en_US
dc.subjectAdministrators.en_US
dc.subjectInner city.en_US
dc.subjectSecondary schools.en_US
dc.subjectPrincipal leadership.en_US
dc.subjectTeacher community.en_US
dc.subjectAdministrative support.en_US
dc.subjectAccountability.en_US
dc.titleAn Examination of Qualities of Effective Professional Learning Communities in Urban Schoolsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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