Impact of Research-Based Professional Development: Investigation of Inservice Teacher Learning and Practice in Wiki Integration
Thursday, March 10 4:30 PM-5:00 PM Location: Kingsley
Abstract: This exploratory study examines the impact of a research-based professional development (PD) model on inservice teacher learning and practice with respect to wiki integration across the curriculum. The study describes and reports on the findings of a district-wide PD initiative that included 207 teachers and administrators. Data were collected from pre and post surveys and the content analysis of the participants’ wiki pages. Findings indicate that participants significantly improved their foundational and technical wiki skill throughout the program. The PD had a significant impact on participants’ perceptions of preparedness to use wikis in the classroom. Findings also suggest that the PD had an impact on most participants’ sustained use of wikis. The study demonstrates that a PD program that is sustained, student-centered, participatory, and supported by adequate resources can have a significant impact on teacher learning about specific technologies and the development of teacher preparation to integrate technology.