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Everybody is their own Island: Teacher Disconnection in a Virtual School
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  • Abigail Hawkins
  • Charles R. Graham
  • Michael K. Barbour
  • virtual schooling,
  • K-12 online learning,
  • online teaching,
  • teacher-student interaction,
  • disconnection
Virtual schooling is a recent phenomenon in K-12 online learning. As such, the roles of the online teachers are emerging and differ from those of the traditional classroom teacher. Using qualitative interviews of eight virtual high school teachers, this study explored teachers' perceptions of their online teaching role. Teachers expressed a sense of disconnection from their students, the profession, and their peers as a result of limited interactions due to significant institutional barriers. Researchers discuss the implications of this disconnection as well as future avenues for research.
Original Publication Citation
Hawkins, A., Barbour, M. K., & Graham, C. R. (212). Everybody is their own island: Teacher disconnection in a virtual school. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning.
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Peer-Reviewed Article
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Athabasca University Press
David O. McKay School of Education
Instructional Psychology and Technology
Citation Information
Abigail Hawkins, Charles R. Graham and Michael K. Barbour. "Everybody is their own Island: Teacher Disconnection in a Virtual School" (2012)
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