Date of Award


Degree Name

Leadership Studies


College of Education

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Dr. Barbara Nicholson, Committee Chairperson

Second Advisor

Dr. Louis Watts

Third Advisor

Dr. Georgia Thornton


This non-experimental, descriptive study examined the effect(s), if any, that professional learning communities have had on the professional practices of secondary (grades 9-12) mathematics teachers in Boone, Clay, Putnam, and Kanawha counties in West Virginia. Also investigated were the potential differences in instructional-practice change(s) based on selected demographic variables: sex, degree level, the grade level taught, the total years of teaching experience, the total number of years in their current position, the specific math subject taught, the total number of years of PLC participation, and the composition (e.g., departmental, cross-curricular, or both) of participants’ PLC. Data were collected from a 19-question researcher-adapted survey administered to 81 secondary mathematics teachers in the participating counties. Results indicated that the majority of participants had changed their instructional practice, their collaborative practice, their data study practice, and their assessment practice as a result of their participation in PLCs.


Mathematics -- Study and teaching (Secondary) -- West Virginia.

Teachers -- West Virginia.

Professional learning communities.