ERIC Number: EJ819822
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Teacher Professional Learning in an Online Community: The Experiences of the National Quality Schooling Framework Pilot Project
Carr, Nicky; Chambers, Dianne P.
Technology, Pedagogy and Education, v15 n2 p143-157 Jul 2006
Educational authorities in many developed countries are funding the development of online environments that aim to facilitate teacher professional learning through collegial, reflective sharing of practice. But is this a case of "if we build it they will come"? Are teachers ready to share ideas and experiences in online communities of practice to enhance their professional learning? This article examines the experiences of teachers and school leaders who participated in a pilot online environment created to support teacher professional learning and it identifies factors that facilitated use of the online environment and factors that acted as a deterrent to use. The article identifies three key sets of conditions that deter teachers' use of online communities as a model for professional learning. These include a lack of perceived commonality of purpose; an underdeveloped culture of shared, critical reflection about practice; and lack of familiarity and experience amongst teachers in using computer-mediated communications tools as part of their regular practice.
Descriptors: Pilot Projects, Faculty Development, Communities of Practice, Performance Factors, Barriers, Teacher Participation, Participant Characteristics, Foreign Countries, Phenomenology, Electronic Libraries, Computer Mediated Communication, Technology Uses in Education, Program Descriptions
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia
IES Cited: ED544210