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ERIC Number: EJ1001297
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1033-2170
Blended-Format Professional Development and the Emergence of Communities of Practice
Hodges, Thomas E.; Cady, JoAnn
Mathematics Education Research Journal, v25 n2 p299-316 Jun 2013
In this paper, we draw on Wenger's (1998) conception of communities of practice to observe the emergence of a community of practice among middle grades mathematics teachers who participated in a two-year blended-format (online synchronous, online asynchronous, and face to face) professional development program designed to increase middle-grades mathematics teachers' content and pedagogical content knowledge, as well as foster the evolution of local communities of practices. Results indicate that the professional development program supported the development of a community of practice among a subset of participating teachers, while others failed to develop what constitutes a community of practice. Issues related to professional development design in light of these findings are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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