Teacher collaboration and professional development are crucial components to any
school improvement process. In an international school context differences among
teachers emerging from culture, language, training, and environment can present a unique
view of how teachers collaborate and learn together. The purpose of the study was to
determine school administrators’ and teachers’ perceptions of the maturity level of
Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) in selected Thai International Schools. The
school staff identified this perception of maturity when they completed the PLC
Questionnaire (SPSaLCQ). Research questions included those exploring teacher and
administrator perception of PLC as well as comparing perceptions of both groups against
teacher experience, gender, number of years as a teacher and school age level they taught.
The research study included a mixed method approach used to assess perceptions and to
gain deeper understanding of school situations from English-speaking international
schools located in Bangkok, Thailand. This study consisted of an electronic, web-based
survey and in-person structured interviews. There were a total of 55 schools surveyed.
All participants were teachers or administrators at international schools located in
Bangkok. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze the responses and determine how
the data were formed by different subgroups of the sample. The survey data helped to
inform the researcher about the interviews and process. All the analyses were calculated
The research findings indicated that schools could be assessed to measure their maturity as a PLC. Three major findings from the analysis indicated that administrators typically
assessed a higher level of maturity than did staff, staff perceived it was administrative
structure in place by policy that helped determine implementation of a PLC, and
perceptions of PLC maturity do vary according to demographic variables.
University of Minnesota Ed.D. dissertation. February 2011. Major: Educational Policy and Administration. Advisor: Dr. Neal C. Nickerson. 1 computer file (PDF); xi, 183 p. appendices A-J.
James, James Herbert.
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