The uses of PLCs are a current innovation promoting collaboration in schools. According to DuFour, DuFour and Eaker (2005), ―A PLC is the ongoing process where educators collaborate in repetitive cycles of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better result for all students‖ (p. 11). Professional learning communities are an avenue where teachers improve teaching and students improve their learning. The qualitative research ―is an effort to understand situations in their uniqueness as part of particular context and … The analysis strives for depth of understanding‖ (Patton, 1985, p.1). Data taken from eight face to face interviews were coded and analyzed, using snowballing technique and natural inquiry method. This qualitative study involved data from staff that participated in interviews and shared their perceptions and experiences regarding PLCs in a rural elementary school. The results of this study provide an insight with regards to whether the rural elementary staff perceives that PLCs lead to improved student achievement. The research shows that before starting a PLC process, participants should be educated on what is a PLC and its potential effect on student achievement.
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