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Using E-Learning to Deliver In-Service Teacher Training in the Vocational Education Sector: Perception and Acceptance in Poland, Italy and Germany

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Vocational Education and Training, German Economic Institute, 50668 Cologne, Germany
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Chair of Economics and Business Education, University of Cologne, 50931 Cologne, Germany
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Educ. Sci. 2020, 10(7), 182; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10070182
Received: 8 April 2020 / Revised: 2 July 2020 / Accepted: 9 July 2020 / Published: 13 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue International Vocational Education and Training)
For teachers in vocational education and training (VET), lifelong learning and related further training is important to meet the growing demands of the teaching profession. This paper analyses the perception of technology and e-learning of teachers in Poland, Italy and Germany. The innovative aspect of this study lies in its combination of general perceptions of online learning and technology on the one hand and findings in relation to a specific online Teacher Training Tool on the other hand. The aims of this study are to show the relevance of e-learning in teacher training and to measure the perception and acceptance of this form of further training by VET teachers. The results should provide support for the further design and development of online education formats for teachers. The evaluation was carried out using a quantitative cross-cutting study using a standardised questionnaire. The results of an online questionnaire show that the approach of online learning as a form of teacher training was met with great interest among VET teachers and that the perception of one’s own benefit from such a training option was positive. The quality of the online learning units is decisive for the acceptance of e-learning opportunities. One limitation of this study is that the diverse country-specific cultural aspects and systems of teacher training could only be taken into account to a limited extent. This paper enables international comparative research on teacher training to be integrated using e-learning formats. View Full-Text
Keywords: online learning; in-service VET teacher training; acceptance; Teacher Training Tool; teacher perception online learning; in-service VET teacher training; acceptance; Teacher Training Tool; teacher perception
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Hofmeister, C.; Pilz, M. Using E-Learning to Deliver In-Service Teacher Training in the Vocational Education Sector: Perception and Acceptance in Poland, Italy and Germany. Educ. Sci. 2020, 10, 182.

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