Article Critique: “Together we are better”: Professional learning networks for teachers

As I continue to get closer to starting the process of my dissertation, I am finding works that really piqued my interest and connect with my passion for improving teaching practices. This summer, I took the class EDUC-R685 Technology Integration in Theory and Practice with Dr. Anne Leftwich. She introduced me to the work of Torrey Trust, Daniel Krutka, and Jeffrey Carpenter. Their work in social media, online PLNs, and teacher professional development falls extremely well in line with my areas of practice and future research interests.

I am currently finishing up my classwork for EDUC-Y520 Strategies for Educational Inquiry and was asked to do an article critique related to my area of interests. I chose to critique a more recent article by Trust, Krutka, and Carpenter:

Trust, T., Krutka, D. G., & Carpenter, J. P. (2016). “Together we are better”: Professional  learning networks for teachers. Computers & education, 102, 15-34.

I developed a rubric based on Creswell’s (2015) Six Steps in the Process of Research (indexed at the bottom of this post) and used that rubric to evaluate the article. Here is my article critique:

Rubric Used:

Links to both texts if you want a pdf view:

Article Critique

Article Critique Rubric

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