Online professional communities : understanding the effects of membership on teacher practice

Duncan-Howell, Jennifer A. (2009) Online professional communities : understanding the effects of membership on teacher practice. The International Journal of Learning, 16(5), pp. 601-613.

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Online communities offer teachers a forum to discuss ideas, seek support, engage in professional discussions and network with a wider peer group. The popularity of online communities for teachers is self-evident by the quantity that has emerged in recent years and they present as opportunities to engage in continued pedagogical growth. The study presented in this paper has focused on the electronic discussions of three online communities for teachers, two Australian-based communities and one UK-based community. The aim was to analyse the content of the messages, via content analysis using the Practical Inquiry Model (Garrison, Anderson & Archer, 2001) in an attempt to determine if membership had an impact pedagogy. This study will present findings that support the conclusion that membership to online communities provides genuine opportunities for continued pedagogical growth for teachers. It will also show that they are being used as a problem solving resource, provide opportunities for professional discourse and professional support.

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ID Code: 30999
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Online Communities, Teacher Professional Development, Content Analysis
ISSN: 1447-9494
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 Common Ground Publishing and Jennifer Duncan-Howell
Deposited On: 18 Feb 2010 02:22
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 08:10

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