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ERIC Number: EJ1171711
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1042-1629
Understanding Teacher Professional Learning through Cyber Research
Bates, Meg S.; Phalen, Lena; Moran, Cheryl
Educational Technology Research and Development, v66 n2 p385-402 Apr 2018
Online professional learning websites provide a unique window into how teachers make self-directed choices about their own professional development. This study extends previous research on how teachers use online resource repositories to examine how teachers make choices about resource use on a professional learning website. The website, the Everyday Mathematics Virtual Learning Community, offers teachers two types of professional learning resources: (1) videos that can be played and (2) documents that can be downloaded. Each resource is presented with a wealth of information--such as user ratings, user comments, grade level designation, and a resource description--that could potentially influence teachers' decisions about whether to use the resource. This study uses multiple regression to understand what information predicts whether teachers download a document or play a video. The results indicate that teachers are influenced by other users' evaluations of resources, perceived practicality of resources, and brevity and accessibility of information about resources.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1020083; 1621253