Publication Details

This conference paper was originally published as Peterson, R, Establishing an Internet-based special education community in Bulgaria: A summary of preliminary findings and future steps, 4th International Conference on "Comparative Education and Teacher Training", Sofia, Bulgaria, 1-4 May 2006.


Research behind the establishment of an Internet-based community of practice, called Special Ed Bulgaria,, is discussed. Preliminary results show that special education researchers and practitioners in Bulgaria are familiar enough with using the Internet to benefit from an online community. Results also indicate that there is sufficient access to the Internet. Usability results directed modifications to the prototype online community and led to the incorporation of a popular course management system called Moodle.