Changing the metaphor : the potential of online communities in teacher professional development

Lloyd, Margaret M. & Duncan Howell, Jennifer (2009) Changing the metaphor : the potential of online communities in teacher professional development. In Lindberg, Ola & Olofsson, Anders (Eds.) Online Learning Communities and Teacher Professional Development: Methods for Improved Education Delivery. Information Science (IGI Global), Hershey, Pa., pp. 60-76.

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Belonging to an online community offers teachers the opportunity to exchange ideas, make connections with a wider peer group and form collaborative networks. The increasing popularity of teacher professional communities means that we need to understand how they work and determine the role they may play in teacher professional development. This chapter will map data from a doctoral study to a recentlydeveloped model of professional development to offer a new perspective of how online communities can add to a teacher’s personal and professional growth and, in so doing, add to the small number of studies in this field. This chapter will conclude with a call for a revision of the way we approach professional development in the 21st century and suggest that old models and metaphors are hindering the adoption of more effective means of professional development for teachers.

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ID Code: 26918
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: teacher professional development, online communities, in-service learning, ICT
ISBN: 9781605667805
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Information Science (IGI Global)
Deposited On: 21 Aug 2009 02:58
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2015 16:29

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