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ERIC Number: EJ858539
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1059-7069
Delivering Online Professional Development in Mathematics to Rural Educators
Cady, Jo; Rearden, Kristin
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, v17 n3 p281-298 Jul 2009
Rural school districts struggle to attract, retain, and support highly qualified mathematics teachers. A series of four online professional development courses in the form of integrated mathematics content and pedagogy courses was designed to meet the professional development needs of rural middle school mathematics teachers. Changes in teachers' mathematics content knowledge and their pedagogical content knowledge over the duration of the courses are documented. Results suggested that while teachers' mathematics content knowledge did not change significantly, pedagogical content knowledge did increase. Additionally, the design of the courses fostered communities of practice among the teachers, and can be used as a model for other distance learning courses. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Cited: ED544210