Private School K-12 Educator Perceptions Of Professional Learning Communities Based On Years of Experience
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Priest, Aubrey S., III
This mixed methods research analyzes the effectiveness of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) as viewed through the lens of Central California private school teachers based on years of experience. The necessity for the research derived from the utilization of PLCs as an effective training methodology for private school educators. PLCs are increasingly being implemented regionally as well as throughout the state of California for traditional (non-faith based) K-12 institutions. This mixed methods study focuses on K-12 teachers in private K-12 schools who have already implemented the PLC model to determine its overall effectiveness as perceived by educators. The desire to yield both quantifiable data and qualitative inferences determined the practicability of a mixed methods approach to the survey. Through utilization of the Professional Learning Community Assessment-Revised (PLCA-R) survey method, responses were delivered through an online survey tool developed by Oliver, Hipp and Huffman and facilitated by hosting website Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL).
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