ERIC Number: ED406861
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
ESL Online Action Research. Final Report.
Strunk, Sandra J.; Fowler-Frey, Jaclyn
The report describes a project designed to meet professional development needs of Pennsylvania's practitioners in adult basic and literacy education by: (1) creating an infrastructure for guiding practitioners through classroom research with support from colleagues; and (2) linking practitioners through telecommunications. The project allowed ten English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) educators to participate in action research with colleagues using the Internet as the primary communication vehicle, and coordinated with the National Professional Development Network for participation in an online action research database. As they pursued their projects, participants communicated regularly with a participant-partner and joined in a virtual meeting online once a month. It is concluded that online action research holds great potential for ongoing professional development of adult educators, by creating a sense of community among practitioners, exposing them to a wealth of information in their field, and giving them a systematic way to examine practice. The report details the project's origins, design, and results relating to four themes: communicating with a partner; using technology in a new way; becoming a researcher; and unexpected outcomes. Appended materials include the training outline and summaries of seven research projects. Contains 22 references. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13, Lancaster, PA.; Pennsylvania Association for Adult Continuing Education.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania