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Dynamic not static: Characteristics of effective teacher professional development in ICT

Lloyd, Margaret M., Cochrane, Janet, & Beames, Stephanie Y. (2005) Dynamic not static: Characteristics of effective teacher professional development in ICT. In AARE '05: Education Research - Creative Dissent: Constructive Solutions, Nov 27 - Dec 1, 2005, Parramatta, New South Wales.

Abstract

A recent small scale study was conducted in Queensland on behalf of a state professional association to inform its position statement on the professional development of teachers in ICT (ICT PD). Data for the study was drawn from a survey of teachers at the association's 2004 state conference and semi-structured interviews with leaders from a cross-section of educational systems.

The study was premised on an understanding of professional development as the interrelationship and reflexivity of theory and practice. It identified the models of ICT PD as being tertiary study, school-based programs, single events, online curriculum projects, serial courses in hybrid or face-to-face mode, professional communities, and action learning/research. As a measure of effectiveness, the impacts were identified as being direct and/or sustained impact on practice, personal knowledge, increased ICT skills, reflection on practice, professional status, professional networks, and peer collaboration.

The study concluded that the characteristics of ICT PD were (1) Context, in terms of relevance and immediacy; (2) Time, as both a measure and a variable of need (timeliness); (3) Community, referring to professional collaborations; and (4) Personal Growth, both cognitive challenges and "corporate" knowledge. The study concluded that these characteristics are dynamic and interdependent and need to be considered in the design of effective ICT PD for teachers.

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ID Code: 3554
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: ICT, information and communication technology, professional development for teachers
ISSN: 1324-9339
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 AARE
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 20 Feb 2006
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 23:39

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