Date Approved

4-26-2018

Embargo Period

4-27-2018

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

EdD (Doctor of Education)

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Vernon-Dotson, Lisa

Second Advisor

Kaloustian, Talar

Third Advisor

Manning, JoAnn

Subject(s)

Professional learning communities; Educational leadership

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

This sequential-explanatory mixed methods study examines teachers' perceptions of their leadership practice through the lens of professional learning community (PLC) engagement. Through the two phases, the relationship is explored quantitatively and qualitatively using a survey and interviews, respectively. Teacher leadership perceptions were analyzed through comments teachers made about their practice through PLC engagement. Additionally, teachers' perspectives of their leadership and influencing factors were also explored through this research study. Findings from this research shed light on the differing ways teachers describe their current leadership practice, and provide insight into further development for teacher leaders.

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