Virtual School Meanderings

November 29, 2021

Article Notice – Online Teacher Professional Development in Canada: A Review of the Research

I mentioned this article in yesterday’s entry entitled [CJLT] New notification from Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, and I wanted to highlight it specifically today.

Online Teacher Professional Development in Canada: A Review of the Research

Authors

  • Pamela Beach, Queen’s University
  • Elena Favret, Queen’s University
  • Alexandra Minuk, Queen’s University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21432/cjlt27948

Keywords:

online learning, teacher professional development, review

ABSTRACT

This paper presents findings from a systematic review of 11 studies examining online teacher professional development (oTPD) in Canada between 2000-2020. A thematic content analysis of the articles led to four main themes associated with research on oTPD: 1. knowledge exchange; 2. reflective practice; 3. multifaceted learning opportunities; and 4. just-in-time support. The study contexts, research methods, and other relevant study characteristics are also reviewed and discussed. The results shed light on the current research trends on oTPD in Canada and highlight the need for continued research in this area. Data from diverse research methods across Canada’s geographical regions can contribute to greater insight into the types of oTPD occurring in Canada and how various platforms and professional development opportunities can best support teachers’ professional learning.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHIES

Pamela Beach, Queen’s University

Pamela Beach is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Education, Queen’s University. Her background as an elementary teacher has influenced her research which centres on the dissemination of research-informed literacy practices. Pamela’s work explores how online and multimedia resources can be used in teacher education and professional development.

Elena Favret, Queen’s University

Elena Favret holds a Master of Education from Queen’s University, where she completed her research on perceptions of oral communication during collaborative learning in elementary classrooms from the perspectives of teachers and speech-language pathologists. Elena’s teaching experience has guided her research and approach to topics including teacher professional development.

Alexandra Minuk, Queen’s University

Alexandra Minuk is a doctoral student at Queen’s University in the Faculty of Education. Her research focuses on the inclusion of students with disabilities and the key variables that influence classroom placement. Alexandra’s background as a special education teacher has shaped how she approaches the study of teacher professional development.

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