The ever-evolving educator: Examining K-12 online teachers in the United States

Jean Larson, Leanna Archambault

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Abstract

This chapter reviews the current research on the educational, training, and demographic characteristics of those involved in teaching K-12 online. Although very few colleges of education incorporate any aspect of teaching online into their curricula, the existing online teacher preparation programs are discussed. Past and ongoing research reveals a dramatic disconnect between: (a) the rapidly expanding expectations for and implementation of online education at the K-12 levels and (b) the surprisingly limited extent to which teachers are actually being educated, trained, and otherwise prepared to function in this challenging new educational environment. The implications for teacher education programs and current K-12 virtual schools are clear. Effective online teaching techniques must be defined, empirically proven, and efficiently implemented by both future and current K-12 online teachers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationExploring the Effectiveness of Online Education in K-12 Environments
PublisherIGI Global
Pages169-190
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781466663848
ISBN (Print)1466663839, 9781466663831
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 31 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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    Larson, J., & Archambault, L. (2014). The ever-evolving educator: Examining K-12 online teachers in the United States. In Exploring the Effectiveness of Online Education in K-12 Environments (pp. 169-190). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-6383-1.ch009