Parents and students often harbor the illusion that the purpose of college, in contrast to that of high school, is to prepare oneself for the practical business of life, a phrase that is often reduced to the earning of money.
Current school practices lack a comprehensive knowledge base as to how to prepare ELLs to be academically successful. Further understanding of learning English and learning in English is necessary. In its efforts to improve the academic performance of ELLs, the school identified professional learning communities PLCs as their strategy to address this challenge.
PLCs involve teachers and administrators coming together to work on improving student performance in schools.
This research utilized team learning as its theoretical framework. Team learning is one the five disciplines that indicate that learning in teams happen when colleagues work together towards a common goal Senge, The quantitative research phase indicated the academic literacy variable in the PLC to be correlated to and a predictor of academic success for ELLs in the area of Reading.
In comparison, the research showed that for non-ELLs the academic literacy variable in the PLC to be correlated and a predictor of success in the area of Mathematics.
In addition, this phase also showed that PLCs were a predictor of the overall academic success of students at Borderland High School. The research also revealed that the teacher planning variable showed a positive relationship with the PLC as whole. From the teacher perspective, the teacher collaboration and planning variables of the PLC proved to be critical in supporting the academic literacy of ELLs.This is a collection of theses and dissertations submitted since in electronic format to the University of South Africa.
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Weathers, Shirley Robinette, "A Study to Identify the Components of Professional Learning Communities that Correlate with Teacher Efficacy, Satisfaction, and Morale" (). Electronic Theses & Dissertations. Professional learning communities (PLCs) are a group of educators working collaboratively to improve student achievement and expand the pedagogy of the individual as well as the group.
Jordan, Derek, "Investigating Teacher Learning and Change in a Professional Learning Community: Integrating ELA and Social Studies Curriculum" (). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones.
One component of the 21st Century Professional Development framework encourages sharing knowledge with fellow faculty, using face-to-face, virtual and blended communications.
When we think of sharing knowledge, we often think of using professional learning communities. In several of your courses, the concept of a professional learning community (PLC) is presented and elaborated on.