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ERIC Number: EJ867545
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0742-051X
ICT Professional Development for Teachers in Online Forums: Analysing the Role of Discussion
Prestridge, Sarah
Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, v26 n2 p252-258 Feb 2010
This paper explores the role of engaging teachers in constructive dialogue within ICT professional development activity. As part of an ICT professional development program, sixteen teachers across eight geographically removed schools participated in an online threaded discussion forum for a school year. Data reported in this paper are generated from the archived posts to a threaded discussion forum and are analysed qualitatively for evidence of community and quantitatively for different forums of feedback (Makitalo, Hakkinen, Leinonen, & Jarvela, 2002) and levels of discussion (Jarvela & Hakkinen, 2002). The findings suggest evidence of both collegial and critical forms of discussion. Collegial discussion was found to be important in developing and maintaining community while critical discussion was vital for its role in transforming teachers' beliefs. The data also revealed a number of practical aspects of online environments that inhibit what is termed in this paper as constructive discussion. (Contains 1 table and 16 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia
IES Cited: ED544210