An investigation into a school-based ICT PD program

Birks, Peter (2005) An investigation into a school-based ICT PD program. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

This two-year longitudinal study sought to describe and evaluate a newly developed

information and communication technology (ICT) environment and the associated schoolbased ICT professional development (PD) project within a State Government primary school. The overall aim of the research study was to investigate the most effective requirements to support teachers to be skilled, knowledgeable and confident in the use of ICT in their teaching roles. The teachers were the focus of the Research Study and not the students. The ICT environment and the professional development project's effectiveness was evaluated using data collected from participating teachers and the literature regarding components of effective ICT professional development. The Research Study used qualitative and interpretive methods to illuminate and expand on what it means to provide effective ICT PD within the primary school context. The components of the ICT-enhanced environment were studied in detail to provide feedback and findings that may also be useful in other educational settings with modification. The study provided evidence that, apart from providing and developing individual

ICT PD components, a collection of inter-related components was necessary at the same time for successful ICT PD to be achieved. The components of the PD project have been discussed individually and collectively in terms of their effect on the research subjects, the teachers themselves. Four global factors were identified for effective ICT PD and they were used as a

framework for the study. These were teacher characteristics, authenticity, support and the

ICT-enhanced environment.

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ID Code: 16099
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Cooper, Thomas & Baturo, Annette
Keywords: information and communication technology, ICT, school-based, professional development, PD, teachers, global factors, investigation, education settings
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Department: Faculty of Education
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Peter Birks
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 03:56
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:43

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