ERIC Number: EJ826085
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 68
Professional Development for Information Communication Technology Integration: Identifying and Supporting a Community of Practice through Design-Based Research
MacDonald, Ronald J.
Journal of Research on Technology in Education, v40 n4 p429-445 Sum 2008
Research suggests effective classroom ICT integration occurs through needs-based, collaborative professional development (Chandra-Handa, 2001; Cuttance, 2001; Figg, 2000; Gibson, Oberg, & Pelz, 1999; Gross, 2000; Haughey, 2002). A community of practice (CoP) (Wenger, 1998; Wenger, McDermott, & Snyder, 2002) can be an effective mode of such collaborative professional development. A synthesis of the literature enabled the construction of the concept that a CoP, investigated through a design-based research methodology, can contribute to effective ICT integration research. Principles for this research approach are discussed and address the membership of a CoP and teacher/researcher ownership of research goals and design.
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Technology Integration, Educational Technology, Professional Development, Communities of Practice, Literature Reviews, Information Technology, Bayesian Statistics, Educational Research, Theory Practice Relationship, Training Methods, Group Dynamics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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