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A Blended Learning Course for Teachers' Ongoing Professional Development in Greece

A Blended Learning Course for Teachers' Ongoing Professional Development in Greece
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Author(s): Charalambos Mouzakis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece) and Constantinos Bourletidis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 24
Source title: Technology Implementation and Teacher Education: Reflective Models
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Junko Yamamoto (Slippery Rock University, USA), Joseph C. Kush (Duquesne University, USA), Ron Lombard (Chatham University, USA) and C. Jay Hertzog (Slippery Rock University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-897-5.ch001

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Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to describe the design, implementation and evaluation of a professional development program for teachers initiated by the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs in cooperation with the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. The course focused on multicultural education and bullying in schools as it was realized through blended learning whereas the methodology applied was a face-to-face meeting and 250-hour web-based learning. The evaluation process aimed to involved teachers’ perceptions toward different aspects of the blended training process. The quantitative and qualitative results indicate that the teachers were satisfied both with the opportunity to learn at home at their own pace as with the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in relation to their work. The results brought to light arguments, controversies, and problems related to the course. Finally, some recommendations that would improve the effectiveness of courses employing blended learning methodologies are given.

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