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Engaging MSP Participants through K-16 Learning Communities: Implementation and Research

Abstract

This paper addresses the following claim(s):

"Claim 1: In K-16 professional learning communities, the following attributes are strongly related to learning community success:


  1. A supportive environment including both supportive institutional culture which has a history of and promotes collaboration between K-12 and higher education faculty and conditions which are conducive to K-12 and higher education faculty collaboration.


  2. Positive group interactions, which both build community among K-12 and higher education members as well as foster social and interpersonal relationships.


  3. Learning community leadership which is goal and task oriented and which has exceptional skill at facilitative role development and engagement of all participants.


  4. A process for engaging in the work which includes: seeking and sharing expertise, a shared and well defined focus, using data in planning and or assessment, and reflection on the impact on teaching and learning.



Claim 2: While there are similarities between attributes of K-12 and K-16 learning communities, successful K-16 communities place an increased emphasis on content, relationship building, attainment of equitable roles, and changed professional practices."

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