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Taking Action Research in Teacher Education Online: Exploring the Possibilities

Taking Action Research in Teacher Education Online: Exploring the Possibilities
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Author(s): Nancy Fichtman Dana (University of Florida, USA), Desi Krell (University of Florida, USA) and Rachel Wolkenhauer (University of Florida, USA)
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 18
Source title: Teacher Education Programs and Online Learning Tools: Innovations in Teacher Preparation
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Richard Hartshorne (University of Central Florida, USA), Tina L. Heafner (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA) and Teresa Petty (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1906-7.ch019

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Abstract

The systematic, intentional study by teachers of their own classroom practice is critical for powerful professional development. Action research, or practitioner inquiry, provides teachers with a vehicle to engage in this professional development in order to raise teacher voices in educational reform and capture and share the knowledge generated by teachers within their classrooms. The quality of any piece of action research completed by a practitioner inquirer is directly related to the coaching s/he receives in the process, but the scope and reach of teacher educators’ action research coaching is often constrained by limitations of time and space. Extending the coaching of action research to online environments may provide possibilities for negotiating challenges of time and space and enhance both the quantity and quality of the teacher educator’s action research coaching opportunities. The purpose of this chapter is to explore online tools that can facilitate distance action research coaching.

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