First Steps in Developing an Online Learning Community to Facilitate Knowledge-Sharing on Early Literacy Issues

Tracy Penny-Light, Kathleen Bloom, Dawn Buzza, Barbara Jane Collins, Beatrice Moos, Judy Carey


As an initial step toward building an online community focused on early childhood literacy issues and research, we conducted focus groups to gain input from students and practitioners regarding their needs and interests related to participating in such a discussion forum. While the groups agreed that participating in an online discussion forum around childhood literacy would be beneficial, the contributions to such a learning community were expected to differ depending on group member affiliations: Students act as conduits of current research findings to practitioners, while professionals are able to ground university research questions in real-world issues, problems and contexts.

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