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.
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Commons, Instructional Media Design Commons, International and Comparative Education Commons, Special Education and Teaching Commons, Teacher Education and Professional Development Commons