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ERIC Number: EJ935940
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1941-5257
Predictors of Teacher Satisfaction with Online Professional Development: Evidence from the USA's e-Learning for Educators Initiative
Reeves, Todd D.; Pedulla, Joseph J.
Professional Development in Education, v37 n4 p591-611 2011
Online professional development (OPD) is proliferating in an effort to eliminate barriers to high-quality in-service teacher training. Using the Internet as a vehicle for continuing professional development, however, introduces new concerns largely absent in its face-to-face counterpart. For example, evidence from the USA's e-Learning for Educators (EfE) initiative suggests that some OPD participants do not complete the online courses in which they enrol. In response to this evidence, the present study (N = 3998) investigates factors associated with teacher satisfaction with OPD via secondary analysis of EfE evaluation data. After considering participant variables, factors examined previously in the e-learning and professional development satisfaction literatures as well as novel predictors, a blockwise ordinary least squares regression model explains a considerably large share of the variance in participants' satisfaction with OPD (48.1%). Implications for the design and implementation of OPD and the training of facilitators to increase satisfaction are discussed. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States
IES Cited: ED544210