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ERIC Number: EJ874331
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0816-9020
Fostering Community Cohesion to Sustain Small Scale Online Professional Development Courses
Henderson, Michael
Australian Educational Computing, v21 n2 p9-15 Dec 2006
This research explores how community cohesion can sustain teacher participation in a small scale, mixed mode (face to face and online) PD course. Secondary school teachers in Queensland undertook a mixed mode PD course utilising Education Queensland's Learning Place. The results indicate significantly longer participation than required and when combined with interview data supports the proposed community cohesion model as a useful construct in re-considering traditionally ineffective PD design. The community cohesion model, based on Wenger's (1998) Community of Practice, proposes that a community is sustained when teachers work together (mutual engagement) responding to a common need (joint enterprise) and consequently share their ideas, stories, experiences and skills (shared repertoire). This process is as much a transformation of identity as of practice. (Contains 1 table and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia
IES Cited: ED544210