Professional evolution stories as told by secondary teachers while immersed in professional learning community collaboration

Abstract

Title from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on April 30, 2014).The entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file.VitaThe intent of this single bounded case study, conducted at a large Midwestern high school, was to begin to fill the knowledge gap by providing insight on the evolutionary process of teacher transformation when teachers are immersed in collaboration in a PLC setting. Using a stratified chart to purposefully select 23 participants, my study sought to understand how knowledge was generated and shared. My research did not follow a step by step process, but instead involved seeking meaning and developing interpretive explanations through a double loop feedback process. Four years of archival data were triangulated with 5 collaborative team observations and 17 face-to-face interviews. Specifically, this study sought to discover how teachers evolve. Three stages of evolution emerged from the data: a) knowledge creation, b) collaboration, and c) teacher empowerment. Results found teachers evolve to a final stage of deprivitization of practice. The author of this study was immersed in a professional learning community to design the study, collect the data, and review results obtained at the case setting. Personal experiences as a participant researcher are shared and discussed. This study adds to the body of research by providing teacher stories about their learning process when immersed in a collaborative team environment. Furthermore this research adds to the literature by discussing the factors that attribute to teacher evolution

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This paper was published in University of Missouri: MOspace.

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