An Exploration of Online Environments Supporting Follow-Up to Face-to-Face Professional Development
Marybeth Green, University of Texas at San Antonio, United States ; Lauren Cifuentes, Texas A&M University, United States
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Volume 16, Number 3, ISSN 1059-7069 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA
In this study we examined the effects of online follow-up and online peer interaction following a face-to face professional development workshop on attitudes towards that professional development and completion of a professional development task. School librarians were invited to work online on a three page plan outlining interventions a library program would undertake to address student weaknesses on the state mandated test. The study used a posttest-only control group experimental design with randomly assigned self-selected participants. Three online environments were compared: (a) an environment that provided Follow-up with Peer Interaction, (b) one that provided Follow-up without Peer Interaction, and (c) a control environment that provided a traditional post workshop environment with Only Solicited Follow-up/No Peer Interaction. Online follow-up with or without peer interaction positively affected attitudes towards the professional development program. In addition, online Follow-up with Peer Interaction increased the likelihood of completion of the professional development task. No difference was found between the completion rates for participants in the follow-up group that did not have peer interaction and those in the Only Solicited Follow-up/No Peer Interaction. environment. Our findings indicate that teacher educators are well advised to provide online Follow-up with Peer Interaction in their professional development programs.
Green, M. & Cifuentes, L. (2008). An Exploration of Online Environments Supporting Follow-Up to Face-to-Face Professional Development. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 16(3), 283-306. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education.
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