Capstone/Dissertation Title

Professional learning communities for novice teachers

Term

2008

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

This action research addressed the effects that professional learning community meetings have on first and second year teachers. Six first and second year teachers took part in this study. This action research project describes the content of weekly meetings led by a veteran teacher. Based on research by Feiman-Nemser and Dufour, this capstone identifies the problems new teachers encounter in their first two years of teaching. A focus group discussion, field notes, and reflective journaling indicated that novice teachers benefited from having weekly professional learning community meetings. The author reflects on personal insights gained and the benefits to the teachers who participated in professional learning communities.

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