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Understanding and challenges of teachers toward professional learning community implementation in primary schools

Abu Bakar, Mahani and Shaari, Abdull Sukor and Mohd Dzahir, Nur Fatirah (2017) Understanding and challenges of teachers toward professional learning community implementation in primary schools. In: : Sintok International Conference on Social Science and Management (SICONSEM 2017), 4-5 December 2017, Adya Hotel, Langkawi Island, Kedah, Malaysia.

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Purpose - Professional Learning Communities (PLC) is an initiative to improve the teachers’ professionalism quality and improve pupils’ academic achievement which is based on trend and development of education in developed countries. This qualitative study aimed to determine the teachers’ understanding about professional learning communities and the constraints faced in implementing this practice in a primary school in the district of Kubang Pasu, Jitra, Kedah.Methodology - A total of three teachers whom are the Senior Administrative Assistant, the Chairman of Mathematics Committee and a Science teacher were selected as participants. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews. Findings - Results of interviews have shown that only a number of teachers understood the concept of PLC which is a culture of cooperation, improvement of teaching, sharing information and knowledge.Next, there are some constraints that have existed in implementing the PLC in school such as lack of motivation, attitudes, teachers’ workload, poor teaching aids, teachers do not understand the PLC concept, time constraints and overlapping of teachers’ timetables Significance - The implications of this study focuses professional learning communities which have to be prioritized by all stakeholders, the state education department, the district education department, schools, teachers and pupils in order to improve teaching quality and students’ achievement in learning.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: eISBN 978-967-2064-65-7 Organized by: UUM Press Universiti Utara Malaysia
Uncontrolled Keywords: Professional learning communities, Teachers’ understanding, Constraints in the implementation of PLC, Improve teaching quality
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
Divisions: School of Education & Modern Languages
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2018 04:39
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2018 04:39

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