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ERIC Number: EJ760633
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 24
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0735-6331
Factors Cultivating Sustainable Online Communities for K-12 Teacher Professional Development
Hur, Jung Won; Hara, Noriko
Journal of Educational Computing Research, v36 n3 p245-268 2007
The purpose of this study is to discover factors related to fostering a sustainable online community for K-12 teachers. This study was conducted through the investigation of an online teacher community called INDISCHOOL in Korea. Data were gathered through in-depth telephone interviews with INDISCHOOL members, the examination of archived postings on the Web-boards, and participant observations. Twelve factors, including eight support factors and four hindrance factors, were identified as results of this study. These factors were categorized into three subgroups: internal, external, and outcome factors. Findings from this study revealed that internal factors, such as having a sense of ownership and autonomy and acknowledging the value of participation, played a significant role in the growth of INDISCHOOL. It was also noted that the value of teachers' participation was related to their belief that active involvement in INDISCHOOL improves student learning. These teachers also reported that INDISCHOOL participation is a valuable part of their professional development. Initial Interview Questions are appended. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Korea