ERIC Number: EJ875094
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
Knowledge Building in an Online Cohort
Engstrom, Mary E.; Santo, Susan A.; Yost, Rosanne M.
Quarterly Review of Distance Education, v9 n2 p151-167 2008
This study sought to understand how an online cohort in a master's program, comprised of teachers from the same school district, constructed knowledge about instructional theories and practices. Participants in this descriptive study included 10 teachers from the same rural school district. Data collection consisted of a focus group and written survey. Four constructs guided the development of questions: collaboration, learning community, course design, and individual factors. Findings showed that cohort members drew on one another's strength to support their collective learning throughout the program. One unexpected finding was the role that face-to-face, informal study groups played in support knowledge construction and technology skill building.
Descriptors: Guidelines, Questionnaires, Elementary School Teachers, Middle School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Program Effectiveness, Constructivism (Learning), Educational Theories, Educational Practices, Rural Schools, Focus Groups, Masters Programs, School Districts, Inservice Teacher Education, Cohort Analysis, Teacher Surveys, Cooperative Learning, Grants, Federal Aid, Educational Policy, Educational Strategies, Instructional Design, Distance Education, Technology Integration, Educational Technology, Electronic Learning, Blended Learning, Online Courses
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Middle Schools; Postsecondary Education
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