From #edcamp to #edchat: A Case Study Exploring Innovative, Self-Directed Educator Professional Learning
Date of Award
Doctor of Education in Teacher Leadership (Ed.D)
Dr. Jo Williamson
First Committee Member
Dr. Iván M. Jorrín-Abellán
Second Committee Member
Dr. Julie Moore
Although there is a plethora of in-depth research regarding effective professional development and best practices for adult learning, there is evidence that suggests traditional professional development for educators neglects to adequately address the needs of these adult learners. Research on adult learning, motivation, and self-directed learning supports the claim that there is a disconnect between research-based best practice and the traditional delivery models that are pervasive throughout much of the district- and school-mandated professional learning. Professional development is evolving, however, and educators are engaging in learning opportunities that challenge the traditional models. The emergence of self-directed professional development among educators is transforming the way in which educators connect with one another and engage in professional growth activities. This case was a large, suburban, K-12 public school district, which has recently offered and endorsed more innovative models of professional learning, such as Twitter chats and edcamps. This case study explores educators’ engagement in these and practices beyond their district, as well as the motivating, enabling, and impeding factors, for participation in such professional development activities. In addition, this study addresses the issue of traditional professional development deficits and the ways in which we can infuse preferred professional learning activities more consistently in schools.
Keywords: professional development, adult learning, self-directed learning, innovative professional learning, Twitter, edcamp
Vitala, Amy E., "From #edcamp to #edchat: A Case Study Exploring Innovative, Self-Directed Educator Professional Learning" (2016). Doctor of Education in Teacher Leadership Dissertations. 13.