The role of motivational structures in teacher professional learning communities

Dana Vedder-Weiss, Rinat Sabag-Cohen, Yariv Feniger

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Abstract

This study draws on the vast literature on teacher professional learning communities and a dominant motivation theory (Achievement Goals Theory). We examine the relations between the school professional culture, the goal structures of its professional learning communities (PLCs), and teacher collaboration. We used structural equation modeling (SEM) to analyze data collected through surveys from 785 teachers from elementary schools participating in an Israeli national PLC program. The findings show that: (a) teachers perceived relational goals as the most important goals for their PLC; and (b) while school culture predicted mastery, performance, and relational goals structures, only mastery goals significantly predicted teacher collaboration. These findings suggest that PLCs aiming to promote teacher learning through collaboration should focus more on learning goals than on sheer social goals.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationThe Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020 - Conference Proceedings
EditorsMelissa Gresalfi, Ilana Seidel Horn
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Pages2221-2224
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781732467286
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020
Event14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020 - Nashville, United States
Duration: 19 Jun 202023 Jun 2020

Publication series

NameComputer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL
Volume4
ISSN (Print)1573-4552

Conference

Conference14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNashville
Period19/06/2023/06/20

Keywords

  • Goals structures
  • Motivation
  • Professional development
  • Professional learning communities
  • School culture
  • Teacher learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Education

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