The Institute for P-12 Engineering Research and Learning (INSPIRE) at Purdue University in the U.S. was established in 2006 to integrate engineering and engineering thinking into the Pre-Kindergarten-12th grade education. The institute provides elementary teachers with pioneering professional development in engineering education through a week-long face-to-face Summer Academy and an online professional development program. The purpose of this paper is to describe the process of the P-6 engineering education teacher professional development, and meanwhile, present a set of design principles to extend teacher professional development through an online learning community.
Liu, Wei; Carr, Ronald L.; and Strobel, Johannes
"Extending Teacher Professional Development through an Online Learning Community: A Case Study,"
Journal of Educational Technology Development and Exchange (JETDE): Vol. 2
, Article 7.
Available at: http://aquila.usm.edu/jetde/vol2/iss1/7