School-Based Professional Learning Communities as a Means for Curriculum Development: A Case Study from Taiwan

Nien-Ching Chuang, Yi-Ku Ting

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Abstract


The purpose of this study is to explore how participating in professional learning communities influenced teachers’ curriculum design skills during the recent curriculum reform in Taiwan. A cohort of high school teachers in suburban areas participated in a semester-long professional learning community, strictly based on a well-planned agenda as professional experimentation. The researchers adopted a qualitative method by devising an initial and a final interview protocol as a data collection instrument. The results identified four components during the PLC process leading to teacher change in the curriculum design process—active participation, consistent focus, supportive collaboration and collective learning and shared practice. The notions of hard and soft PLCs along with the implications are proposed.


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Professional learning communities, High school teachers, Suburban schools

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Chuang, N. C. & Ting, Y. K, (2021). School-based professional learning communities as a means for curriculum development: A case study from Taiwan. International Journal of Research in Education and Science (IJRES), 7(4), 1184-1210. https://doi.org/10.46328/ijres.2408




DOI: https://doi.org/10.46328/ijres.2408

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Editor: Wilfried Admiraal, The Netherlands

Place of Publication: Turkey & Name of Publisher: Ismail Sahin

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