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ERIC Number: EJ1002365
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0890-6459
Where They Go for Help: Teachers' Pedagogical and Content Support Seeking Practices and Preferences
Nadelson, Louis S.; Seifert, Anne L.; Hettinger, Jill K.; Coats, Brad
Teacher Education and Practice, v26 n1 p82-98 Win 2013
Teachers' professional learning can occur in many spaces and assume a multitude of forms. Professional learning communities (PLCs) are anticipated to be effective structures to support teachers' professional learning, and there is increasing pressure to utilize online configurations for structuring PLCs. However, teachers' practices and preferences for seeking professional support suggest that online PLCs may not meet many teachers' needs. To determine the best configuration for PLCs, we asked a population of in-service teachers to share their preferences for different configurations of PLCs. Furthermore, we assessed the educators' knowledge and experience with PLCs and their current and preferred sources for seeking pedagogy and content support to teach STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). Analysis of data from 119 responding K-12 teachers revealed a high preference for seeking support from educators known to them, immediately accessible, or physically present and low preferences for online configurations. In addition to our results, the implications for teacher practice and suggestions for further research are discussed. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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