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Professional learning communities (PLCs) and secondary social studies: A semester-long case study

Randal M Ernst, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


This study uses practitioner research to explore a secondary social studies professional learning community. The author, a social studies curriculum specialist in a Great Plains school district, engaged in a semester-long study with four secondary social studies teachers and two school building administrators. Using field notes and transcripts from both interviews and observations of PLC meetings, along with PLC-related artifacts, this study provides insight into the data gathering, analysis and reporting of one social studies PLC. The study also provides insight into the relationship between a social studies PLC and school improvement plans. A detailed review of commonly accepted beliefs about the social studies PLC provides valuable information for teachers and administrators to consider when seeking to maximize PLC efficiency and success.

Subject Area

Educational leadership|School administration|Teacher education|Social studies education

Recommended Citation

Ernst, Randal M, "Professional learning communities (PLCs) and secondary social studies: A semester-long case study" (2014). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3666191.