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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
    Creators/Authors:
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    Mannarino, Patrick
    ETD Committee:
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    Committee ChairWerlinich, Joseph
    Committee MemberHughes, Sean
    Committee MemberBickel, William
    Committee MemberMcClure, Maureen
    Title: The Role of Online Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers in Western Pennsylvania Public School Districts
    Status: Published
    Abstract: 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.
    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; The work is available for access worldwide immediately.
    Patent pending: No
    Number of Pages: 150
    Institution: University of Pittsburgh
    Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
    Refereed: Yes
    Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Online Professional Development
    Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
    Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2012 08:59
    Last Modified: 16 Jul 2014 17:03

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