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STEM Teachers in Professional Learning Communities: A Knowledge Synthesis

By Kathleen Fulton, Ted 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 analysis focuses on various configurations of STEM teachers in PLCs, the purposes of these PLCs, approaches to conducting PLCs, including online venues, and internal and substantive expertise made available to PLCs.

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.

Read the executive summary (PDF).

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Copyright: 2010
Format: PDF
Pages: 71
Publisher: National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future and WestEd

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