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ERIC Number: EJ1082745
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-1941-5257
Unconference Professional Development: Edcamp Participant Perceptions and Motivations for Attendance
Carpenter, Jeffrey Paul
Professional Development in Education, v42 n1 p78-99 2016
"Unconferences" are a non-traditional form of professional activity defined by the absence of many conventional conference structures. One example of the unconference model is the "Edcamp," a voluntary, participant-driven form of grassroots educator professional learning. More than 600 of these events have been held worldwide since the first in 2010. This exploratory study situates Edcamps in relationship to the literature on educator professional development and teacher collaboration, and reports on data gathered from 95 participants in an Edcamp in the United States. Respondents indicated diverse motivations for their Edcamp participation, including colleagues' recommendations, anticipated learning and the desire to network and collaborate. Respondents generally rated their Edcamp experiences highly, and overwhelmingly reported intentions to attend future Edcamps. The positive environment, participant autonomy and integration of technology were highlighted. Most participants, however, also identified ways in which their experiences could have been improved. The nature and topics of discussion, as well as challenges associated with Edcamp novices and technology, presented barriers to full participation. Implications of this research for educators, researchers and educational institutions are discussed.
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Language: English
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