Constructive dialogue in ICT professional development for the transformation of teachers' pedagogical beliefs and practices

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Title Constructive dialogue in ICT professional development for the transformation of teachers' pedagogical beliefs and practices
Author Prestridge, Sarah Jane
Publication Title AARE 2007 International Educational Research Conference Papers
Editor Ruth Jeffery
Year Published 2008
Place of publication www.aare.edu.au
Publisher Australian Association for Research in Education
Abstract This paper explores the transformative capacity of engaging teachers in constructive dialogue within ICT professional development activity. The paper reports on one aspect of an Australian Research Council funded Linkage project that is concerned with models of teacher Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) professional development that result in multiliterate teaching practices. The industry partners for the project are the Suncoast Cyberschools, a coalition of schools for whom being a 'networked learning community' is fundamental to their purpose. The relationship between Multiliteracies and ICT provides a contentious context around which teachers had the opportunity to engage, through an asynchronised threaded discussion forum. Data reported in this paper are generated from the archived posts to the threaded discussion forum and are analysed qualitatively for evidence of community and quantitatively for different forums of feedback (Mäkitalo, Häkkinen , Leinonen , & Järvelä, 2002) and levels of discussion (Jarvela & Hakkinen, 2002). The findings suggest evidence of both collegial and critical discussion. Collegial discussion was found to be important in developing and maintaining community while critical discussion was vital for its role in transforming teachers' beliefs. The data also revealed a number of practical aspects of online environments that inhibit constructive discussion.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.aare.edu.au/07pap/code07.htm
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the author 2008. The attached file is posted here with permission of the copyright owner for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted.For information about this conference please refer to the publisher's website or contact the author.
ISBN 1324-9339
Conference name AARE 2007 International Research Education Conference
Location Australia
Date From 2007-11-26
Date To 2007-11-29
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/21161
Date Accessioned 2008-02-01
Date Available 2009-01-28T06:45:17Z
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject PRE2009-Teacher Education: Primary
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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