Education Faculty Research

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International Journal of Educational Management


Professional learning communities are one of the leading school reform movements. Schools have shifted to a collaborative culture where administrators and teachers physically and intellectually interact using a collaborative inquiry process for professional learning. The workspace interactions include shared leadership, decision-making, teaching and learning practice, and accountability measures. Attributes and characteristics of effective collaboration and professional learning communities greatly affect the outcomes of professional learning communities. An emergent framework is provided that includes attributes of effective collaboration and the characteristics of effective professional learning communities that merge into intellectual and physical shared workspace. Recommendations are provided on the role administrators and teacher leaders play in using the frameworks to ensure greater emergence of activities and products from the collaborative inquiry process.

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Carpenter, D. (2018). Intellectual and physical shared workspace: Professional learning communities and the collaborative culture. International Journal of Educational Management, 32(1), 121-140, doi: 10.1108/IJEM-05-2017-0104


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