Factors influencing use of a web-based community space for K-12 professional development

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2003-12
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Doane, William E.J.
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Suthers, Daniel D
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Information & Computer Sciences
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University of Hawaii at Manoa
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This study examines participation in an online community space developed to support K-12 professional development efforts conducted as part of a National Science Foundation Rural Systemic lnitiative-Hawaiʻi Networked Learning Communities (HNLC). HNLC was designed to contribute to science, mathematics, engineering, and technology system reform efforts of the Hawaiʻi Department of Education. HNLC's website, hnle.org, was designed to support the HNLC initiative and serve HNLC participants as an online community space. Results indicate that participants have not adopted hnle.org as a tool for their ownuse, and are instead using hnle.org almost exclusively during highly structured workshops where hnle.org use is required. Active participation in the online community is rare. Participant interviews and focus groups revealed that there exists a disconnect between the stated needs of educators and the offerings of hnle.org. Participants were primarily concerned with uses of technology by their students, while hnle.org is targeted to educators' own professional development efforts.
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xi, 109 leaves
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Theses for the degree of Master of Science (University of Hawaii at Manoa). Information and Computer Sciences; no. 3825
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