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A New Model for Professional Development: Leveraging Communities of Practice
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, Arizona State University, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Phoenix, AZ, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-55-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

This paper is a report on the findings of an action research study that explored a non-traditional professional development process involving five elementary teachers working as a community in collaboration with a professional developer. The group's interactions focused on the creation and teaching of a unit that integrated technology. Qualitative data analysis indicates that when professional developers pay close attention to the social nuances and emotional needs of participants, communities of teachers can truly create their lasting learning environments that propagate changes in their practice.

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Foulger, T. (2005). A New Model for Professional Development: Leveraging Communities of Practice. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, I. Gibson, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2005--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2384-2391). Phoenix, AZ, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved May 25, 2019 from .

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