Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation

Department

Educational Studies

Sub-Department

Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Rhonda jeffries

Abstract

This qualitative study explored the impact that teacher collaboration has on teacher learning and development. Through data collection and analysis of teacher questionnaires, observations, a focus group, and interviews, collaboration was investigated for its impact on how teachers build on their unique pedagogies. The study included 22 participants in a rural elementary school in South Carolina. Three common themes were identified and explored for their relation to teacher learning and development. An in-depth look at the participant’s perceptions was provided. The findings of this qualitative study demonstrated that effective teacher collaboration incorporates having shared or common goals, teacher efficacy, and positive interdependence of teachers. Other related themes emerged, such as effective collaborative practices that enhances the learning environment. This study also reveals how the role of school leadership is needed to encourage and monitor teacher collaboration in order to increase its effectiveness.

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