The Design of an Online Community of Practice for Beginning Teachers
Anthony Herrington, Jan Herrington, Lisa Kervin, Brian Ferry, University of Wollongong, Australia
CITE Journal Volume 6, Number 1, ISSN 1528-5804 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA
Beginning teachers face enormous challenges in their first year of teaching. High attrition rates of teachers within the first five years attest to the difficulties inherent in commencing professional life as a teacher. This paper describes the design of a Web site developed to overcome many of the problems of professional isolation encountered by beginning teachers. The Web site allows new teachers to access curriculum resources that are dynamically updated through RSS feeds, to communicate with each other and expert teacher mentors through discussion boards, and to reflect on practice through weblogs. The paper describes the theoretical foundations of the approach, the features of the site in detail, and the plan for evaluation of the site.
Herrington, A., Herrington, J., Kervin, L. & Ferry, B. (2006). The Design of an Online Community of Practice for Beginning Teachers. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 6(1), 120-132. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education.
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