Professional development for rural and remote teachers using video conferencing

Publisher:
Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 2017
Issue Date:
2017-03-09
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Teachers in rural and remote schools face many challenges including those relating to distance, isolation and lack of professional development opportunities. This article examines a project where mathematics and science teachers were provided with professional development opportunities via video conferencing to help them use syllabus documents to develop their teaching programs. The study is qualitative and draws on teacher conversations and surveys using a community of inquiry theoretical framework to analyse the data. The results demonstrate that teacher professional development via video conferencing has both strengths and weaknesses but can support teachers through collaboration to develop their expertise in writing teaching programs.
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