It is increasingly acknowledged by researchers across the world that professional learning community is a good means of school improvement. The Taiwanese ministry of education and local authorities have been promoting the idea and practices among various levels of schooling since the mid-2000s. Both school-based and cross-school professional learning communities are in practice in the Taiwanese context. This study aims at offering a case study of a school-based professional learning community with 5 members in a junior high school in Taipei. Initiated and facilitated by the researcher, this professional learning community focuses on developing a school-based English Talent program for language gifted students. Taking the action research approach, all teachers have to implement this school-based curriculum. Members of this professional learning community are going to observe each other’s lesson and then discuss how the teacher teach and how the students learn. With the findings from action research, this school-based curriculum will be revised to offer better learning for future gifted students. Data are collected from mid-2017 onwards. The experience of this professional learning community can offer an interesting case to the international audience regarding the development of a professional learning community in the Taiwanese context. The Taiwanese case might serve as a start for future international comparative study.
Chiao-Wen Wu, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
Stream: Professional Training
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