The Role of Technology in the Professional Development of Literacy Educators

Authored by: Michael C. McKenna , Kenneth M. Proctor

International Handbook of Literacy and Technology

Print publication date:  April  2006
Online publication date:  January  2013

Print ISBN: 9780805850871
eBook ISBN: 9780203929131
Adobe ISBN: 9781135609580

10.4324/9780203929131.ch17

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Abstract

How can technology help to achieve the primary goal of professional development in literacy, that of enhancing the proficiency of educators in order to optimize student learning? This question is the chief focus of the present chapter, but answering it requires that we first establish a conceptual foundation of professional development. We examine how technology is building on that foundation in a variety of current initiatives. Finally, we attempt to distill common principles from these initiatives that might guide future endeavors.

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