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From Doing to Being: Nurturing Professional Learning Communities With Peer Observation


Abstract In this dissertation I employed a culminating cycle of action research following two earlier ones to facilitate the creation of a professional learning community (PLC). My research took place at an elementary school in an urban area of the American southwest. As principal of this school I had initiated the policies and procedures that were often recommended to create PLCs. However, observations of teachers in PLC meetings indicated that conversations focused on logistical planning issues, rather than on the in-depth pedagogical discussions that characterize high functioning PLCs. To address this problem I introduced a form of peer observation into the PLC meeting. This was achieved by showing short video recordings of teachers in their... (more)
Created Date 2015
Contributor MacKinney, Bennett Adam (Author) / Buss, Ray R (Advisor) / Zucker, Stanley (Committee member) / Haghighat, Ibi (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Educational leadership / Educational evaluation / Educational administration / peer observation / PLC / professional development / professional learning community
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 122 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Educational Leadership and Policy Studies 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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