ICT professional development for teachers in online forums: analysing the role of discussion

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Title ICT professional development for teachers in online forums: analysing the role of discussion
Author Prestridge, Sarah Jane
Journal Name Teaching and Teacher Education
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract 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 (Mäkitalo, Häkkinen, Leinonen, & Järvelä, 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.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2009.04.004
Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 Elsevier. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 26
Issue Number 2
Page from 252
Page to 258
ISSN 0742-051X
Date Accessioned 2009-06-12
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject Education
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/32207
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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