Can we leave it to chance? new learning technologies and the problem of professional competence

Anderson, Neil, and Baskin, Colin (2002) Can we leave it to chance? new learning technologies and the problem of professional competence. International Education Journal, 3 (3). pp. 126-137.

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This paper describes two different university and school collaborations featuring teachers’ and students’ use of online environments. The first example involves a classroom application of a Learning Management System (LMS) to deliver a Year 8 Studies of Society Unit on ‘Rainforests’. This example serves to capture, bracket and examine the ways in which teachers have begun to redefine teaching practice, and to document the ways in which students experience this change in teaching. The second example documents feedback from a formal hands-on professional development program for teachers where follow up support was offered on-line, using the same LMS. Data presented here suggest that the on-line environment is not a panacea for better teaching and learning outcomes. Example one identifies the means by which the on-line environment is able to stimulate effective learning exchange, yet signposts to the teacher the ways in which the emerging ICT classroom will challenge the technology, logistics, organisation and delivery competencies of many teachers. In example two, technology is painted as a catalyst to other elements of school reform. In both examples, the value of the on-line environment lies in its capacity to enable our collaborative knowledge about teaching and learning to interact so that each becomes a structuring, and constitutive resource for the other.

Item ID: 13538
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1443-1475
Keywords: teacher and student; professional competence; teacher education attitudes; technology; ICT in the classroom; online teaching and learning; university-school collaboration
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Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2010 02:54
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