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Professional Development for Information Communication technology Integration: Identifying and Supporting a Community of Practice through Design-Based Research

Product code: JRTE-PDF

Publication type: Journal Article
Citation: JRTE,2008; 40(4): 429-445


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Research suggests effective classroom ICT integration occurs through needs-based, collaborative professional development (Chandra-Handa, 2001; Cuttance, 2001; Figg, 2000; Gibson, Oberg, & Pelz, 1999; Gross, 2000; Haughey, 2002). A community of practice (CoP) (Wenger, 1998; Wenger, McDermott, & Snyder, 2002) can be an effective mode of such collaborative professional development. A synthesis of the literature enabled the construction of the concept that a CoP, investigated through a design-based research methodology, can contribute to effective ICT integration research. Principles for this research approach are discussed and address the membership of a CoP and teacher/researcher ownership of research goals and design. (Key-words: community of practice, design-based research, information communication technology integration, professional development.)