Electronic Theses and Dissertations





Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Leadership and Policy Studies


Educational Leadership

Committee Chair

Reginald Green

Committee Member

Louis Franceschini III

Committee Member

Donald Hopper

Committee Member

William Hunter


Of the six Professional Learning Community (PLC) dimensions theorized by Hord, the 307 secondary school teacher respondents in this study suggested that two dimensions—namely, “Shared Personal Practice” and “Supportive Conditions: Structures”—tended systematically to be underrepresented at their schools. The under representation was irrespective of their schools’ categorization as either high- or low-achieving. As anticipated, statistically significant positive relationships were observed between all six PLC dimensions and the mean on a 20-item measure of “satisfaction with teaching.” However, when the means on the six PLC dimensions were simultaneously entered as predictor variables into a multiple regression model using “satisfaction with teaching” as the criterion, the only PLC dimension that proved to significant relationship with the outcome while controlling for the other five was “Shared and Supportive Leadership.” As with the means on the PLC measure, a schools’ status as either high- or low-achieving did not appear to moderate the strength of relationship the six PLC predictors and the “satisfaction with teaching” criterion. Moderating effects were tested by examining each pair of correlations individually using the Fisher r to z transformation as well by creating six interaction terms and including them in a hierarchical multiple regression model. Implications of these outcomes for school leaders who wish to improve the effectiveness of PLCs at their schools are discussed in the final chapter.


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Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.