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The vision and the reality of professional learning communities in Korean schools

Title
The vision and the reality of professional learning communities in Korean schools
Authors
Seo K.Han Y.-K.
Ewha Authors
서경혜한유경
SCOPUS Author ID
서경혜scopus; 한유경scopus
Issue Date
2012
Journal Title
KEDI Journal of Educational Policy
ISSN
1739-4341JCR Link
Citation
vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 281 - 298
Indexed
SSCI; SCOPUS; KCI WOS scopus
Abstract
Professional learning communities have received increasing attention as a key ingredient for improving schools. This study investigated professional learning communities in schools in Korea. The following two research questions guided this investigation. First, to what extent do schools in Korea exhibit the characteristics of professional learning communities? Second, is the development of professional learning communities closely related to teacher, student, and parent satisfaction with their schools? This study used the data from a survey administered by the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education during the summer of 2010. A total of 1,738 teachers, 9,748 students, and 14,397 parents from 265 elementary and secondary schools participated in the survey. The results show that, first, schools in Korea exhibit the characteristics of professional learning communities to some extent, though not to the full extent. Second, some characteristics, such as collaboration, tend to be less common in schools in Korea. Third, there are significant school level differences. Elementary schools generally exhibit a higher level of professional learning communities than do secondary schools. Fourth, professional learning communities are closely related to teacher satisfaction with their schools. Finally, there is little correlation between professional learning communities and student and parent satisfaction with their schools. Based on the results of this study, implications for current school reform efforts are discussed. © Korean Educational Development Institute 2012.
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