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School Leadership in a School with Professional Learning Communities focused on Sustainable Data Use

Kuitert, MSc. Marinne E. (2020) School Leadership in a School with Professional Learning Communities focused on Sustainable Data Use.

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Abstract:Research suggests that well-developed professional learning communities (PLCs) have a positive impact on both teaching practices and student achievement. However, it seems to be challenging for PLCs to realize sustainable school improvement. Effective school leadership is crucial to support PLCs and to realize sustainability. Despite these insights, it is still unclear what the exact role of leadership is in terms of school leaders’ core functions and tasks. Therefore, this study aims to give more in-depth information into school leadership in a school that focuses on sustainable school improvement by PLCs for almost three years and will continue to do so. This qualitative research aims to answer the following research question: What does school leadership look like in a secondary school in the Netherlands with PLCs focused on sustainable data use? To study this, observational data and interview data were collected. Observational data was gathered by shadowing the school. Insight was gained into the daily life of formal leaders, informal leaders and teachers. Also, (PLC) meetings were observed. In addition, interview data was gathered by conducting semi-structured interviews. The data was transcribed, structured and coded on the basis of a coding scheme.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/81924
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