Impact of Research-Based Professional Development: Investigation of Inservice Teacher Learning and Practice in Wiki Integration

ID: 32083 Type: Full Paper
  1. Mesut Duran and Stein Brunvand, University of Michigan-Dearborn, United States
  2. Justin Ellsworth, Farmington Public Schools, United States
  3. Serkan Sendag, Mehmet Akif Ersoy University, Turkey

Thursday, March 10 4:30 PM-5:00 PM Location: Kingsley

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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.

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