Online professional learning for rural teachers of mathematics and science

Herbert, Sandra, Campbell, Coral and Loong, Esther 2016, Online professional learning for rural teachers of mathematics and science, Australasian journal of educational technology, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 99-114, doi: 10.14742/ajet.2159.

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Title Online professional learning for rural teachers of mathematics and science
Author(s) Herbert, SandraORCID iD for Herbert, Sandra
Campbell, CoralORCID iD for Campbell, Coral
Loong, EstherORCID iD for Loong, Esther
Journal name Australasian journal of educational technology
Volume number 32
Issue number 2
Start page 99
End page 114
Total pages 16
Publisher ASCILITE
Place of publication Tugun, Qld.
Publication date 2016
Keyword(s) professional learning
rural and regional
Summary Professional learning is crucial for the ongoing development of teachers and the improvement of student outcomes. Professional learning in mathematics and science education has the potential to address concerns about shortages in these areas and their impact on economic growth. However, attendance at face-to-face professional learning is problematic for many teachers located in rural areas. This study explores the utilisation of online professional learning in mathematics and science education by teachers in rural areas, and canvasses teachers’ requirements for this form of professional learning. An activity system, using cultural-historical activity theory, is developed for online professional learning for teachers of mathematics and/or science. Qualitative interpretive analysis of transcripts of 14 semi-structured individual interviews with three different groups of people suggests that teachers of mathematics/science require professional learning programs which are not only flexibly delivered but also provide professional learning content that has high utility value. By better understanding how teachers respond to the notion and practice of online professional learning, informed decisions can be made about how best to support teachers and thus build capacity in schools for success in mathematics and science.
Language eng
DOI 10.14742/ajet.2159
Field of Research 130108 Technical, Further and Workplace Education
Socio Economic Objective 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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