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The Role of Online Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers in Western Pennsylvania Public School Districts

Mannarino, Patrick (2012) The Role of Online Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers in Western Pennsylvania Public School Districts. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh.

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The purpose of this study was to focus on how school districts are using online opportunities, activities, and programs for teacher professional development. The goal of
this study was to identify the key indicators of success from principals and central office staff that implement online professional development opportunities in their public school districts.

The research questions investigated how public school district located in Western Pennsylvania are using online professional development opportunities for teacher
professional growth. After an initial survey of the 109 public school superintendents in Intermediate Units 1,3,4, and 27, final participants were selected based on varying
student and faculty populations, and that have indicated they have been using online professional development opportunities for teachers K-12 for at least one (1) year.

Methods of final data collection were face-to-face semi-structured interviews. The interviews were recorded and transcribed to allow for content analysis using identify
consensus, supported, and individual themes. Key findings of the study indicate that the most important factor of a quality online professional development program was a strong leader in the role of building principal.

This study discovered the variety of successful ways in which public school districts located in Western Pennsylvania are using online learning opportunities to meet the professional learning needs of their faculty and creates the opportunity for teachers to share ideas and collaborate with colleagues anywhere and anytime.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Mannarino, Patrick
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairWerlinich, Joseph
Committee MemberHughes, Sean
Committee MemberBickel, William
Committee MemberMcClure, Maureen
Date: 12 January 2012
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 26 October 2011
Approval Date: 12 January 2012
Submission Date: 29 November 2011
Release Date: 12 January 2012
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 150
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Online Professional Development
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2012 13:59
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2014 21:03
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10664

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