Audience: Teachers, Teacher Educators, Policymakers, Public, Researchers, Administrators
Publisher: National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future and WestEd
STEM Teachers in Professional Learning Communities: A Knowledge Synthesis
By: Kathleen Fulton, Ted (Edward) Britton
This report, produced by the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) and WestEd, describes a comprehensive knowledge synthesis of professional learning communities (PLCs) and their impact on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning in K-12 education.
Three overarching questions guide this secondary analysis:
- What do we know about PLCs involving STEM teachers?
- How robust is the research base about PLCs involving STEM teachers?
- What further research and development are needed?
The study's guiding questions examine the current knowledge about the relationship of these and other PLC attributes to effects on the following: teachers’ content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge (PCK), implemented instructional practices, their students’ achievement, and teachers’ job satisfaction and retention.
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