Teachers and Technology: Professional Learning and Changing Practice in Schools

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This paper reports on a funded research project which developed two detailed, qualitative case studies of contrasting models for professional development in learning and teaching with technologies in schools. The research examines the transformations in knowledge and understanding which teachers undergo when taking leading roles in initiatives to develop the use of technology for students’ learning. These processes are analysed through constructing two detailed cases: one of teachers involved in a local authority borough-wide initiative involving collaborative teacher research, and the other of a pioneering school-based approach which involved new roles for key technology ‘champions’ and included external commercial stakeholders in technology initiatives. None of the teachers involved were Information Technology specialist teachers. It examines the impact of the models on teachers' professional knowledge and understanding of using technologies, and the processes they undergo to develop their own practice and that of their colleagues within collaborative approaches to changing practice. Key to the project is the impact on the teachers of working with external stakeholders who provide support of differing types. The paper analyses the factors which affect teachers within collaborative approaches and identifies the impact on their professional learning.

Keywords: Teachers, Professional Learning, Technologies, Collaborative Innovation
Stream: Teacher Training and Professional Development
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Caroline Daly

Senior Lecturer in Education, Faculty of Culture and Pedagogy, Institute of Education University of London
London, UK

Caroline Daly is Assistant Director of the Centre for Excellence in Work-based Learning for Education Professionals at the Institute of Education, University of London. She has developed e-learning courses in national and international contexts and is currently a module leader on a mixed-mode professional masters programme for school teachers. Her PhD research focuses on the impact on teachers’ CPD of participation in online discussion groups. She has led funded projects investigating e-learners’ experiences involving cross-institutional collaboration and has a background in staff development for e-learning based on research-informed training. She has published widely for both research and practitioner audiences.

Anne Turvey

Institute of Education, University of London

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