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ERIC Number: EJ1137401
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1934-9726
Examining High Quality Online Teacher Professional Development: Teachers' Voices
Collins, Linda J.; Liang, Xin
International Journal of Teacher Leadership, v6 n1 p18-34 Fall 2015
Funded by Race to the Top, a federal education initiative, the Department of Education of a Midwestern state in the U.S. launched statewide implementation of online teacher professional development (OTPD) to apply formative instructional practices (FIP) to enhance classroom instruction. Central to the design and implementation of OTPD was the need to carefully consider the quality of the professional development program. This study aimed to look into this by asking, "Which features of high quality online professional development were noted by participating educators in a statewide online teacher professional development program?" A survey was used to collect educators' voices in this FIP professional development (PD) program. Eight hundred ninety-five educators participating in the FIP OTPD program responded to a survey. Descriptive analysis was conducted with frequencies and percentages of 21 Likert scale items. Inductive analysis and thematic coding were applied for open-ended comments from the survey. Results suggested many inconsistencies between: (a) the high quality online professional development that theories suggest, and (b) what was designed, delivered, and implemented. The study identified specific aspects of this FIP OTPD program that will inform future online professional development in order to improve quality in other large scale or statewide school improvement initiatives.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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