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ERIC Number: EJ1130957
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1941-5257
Incorporating Practitioner Inquiry into an Online Professional Development Program: The Prime Online Experience
Dana, Nancy Fichtman; Pape, Stephen J.; Griffin, Cynthia C.; Prosser, Sherri Kay
Professional Development in Education, v43 n2 p212-231 2017
Engagement in practitioner inquiry by classroom teachers is a promising mechanism for teacher professional learning. While much has been learned about the positive role inquiry can play in traditional professional development efforts, we know less about the impact of inquiry in a rapidly advancing technological age that includes the proliferation of online professional development institutes and programs. The purpose of this article is to explore the role of inquiry in online professional development by providing a detailed description of a year-long program called Prime Online. Supported by US federal funding, this program was designed to help teachers develop the mathematics content and pedagogical content knowledge necessary to implement research-based practices in inclusive elementary classrooms within a framework of practitioner inquiry. A detailed description of this program is presented followed by an examination of the inquiry projects completed by the participants. Implications of this effort for teacher learning and online professional development endeavors are offered.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Center for Special Education Research (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R324A100196