Publication Details

This conference paper was originally published as Peterson, R, Developing an Internet-based community for special education in Bulgaria, Proceedings of the World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, Vancouver, Canada, 24 October, 2005.


Research on special education practices in Bulgaria to develop an Internet-based community of practice is now underway. The study will answer a call to action to test the potential of online communities of practice (OCoPs) to close the gap between education research and practice. A secondary goal is to update findings about the feasibility of Internet-based instruction in Bulgaria. Qualitative and quantitative methods will be used to develop and evaluate a website and propose design principles for future OCoP development. Research has been guided by situated learning and legitimate peripheral participation theory as well as the design-based research approach. This study was conceptualized within the strong education tradition and openness to technology that prior research has found in the Bulgarian culture.