The Effects of Professional Learning Communities on the Efficacy Level of Novice Teachers: A Mixed Methods Study

Heather Dillard, Tennessee State University

Abstract

School districts across the United States have been plagued with teacher attrition for nearly a decade. While this fact has been well documented, a sustainable solution has yet to be discovered. Many studies have been conducted to determine the causes for teacher attrition yet few address possibilities to aid in teacher retention. In an attempt to find a viable response for school districts to implement, a mixed methods study was utilized to find a connection between participation in a professional learning community and novice teachers' likelihood to remain in the profession. The results of this study revealed that when a novice teacher is placed in a professional learning community, he or she has an increased level of self-efficacy which could cause the individual to be more likely to continue teaching.^

Subject Area

Education, Leadership|Education, Administration|Education, Curriculum and Instruction

Recommended Citation

Heather Dillard, "The Effects of Professional Learning Communities on the Efficacy Level of Novice Teachers: A Mixed Methods Study" (2012). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI3508188.
http://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI3508188

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