Preparing general technology teachers in China for new roles and responsibilities
Lee, Kar-Tin (2012) Preparing general technology teachers in China for new roles and responsibilities. In Chen, Dan (Ed.) International Proceedings of Economics, Development and Research: E-Education, E-Business, E-Management and E-Learning, IACSIT PRESS, Harbour Plaza Resort City, Hong Kong, pp. 80-84.
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This paper discusses the conceptualization, implementation and initial findings of a professional learning program (PLP) which used LEGO® robotics as one of the tools for teaching general technology (GT)in China’s secondary schools. The program encouraged teachers to design learning environments that can be realistic, authentic, engaging and fun. 100 general technology teachers from high schools in 30 provinces of China participated. The program aimed to transform teacher classroom practice, change their beliefs and attitudes, allow teachers to reflect deeply on what they do and in turn to provide their students with meaningful learning. Preliminary findings indicate that these teachers had a huge capacity for change. They were open-minded and absorbed new ways of learning and teaching. They became designers who developed innovative models of learning which incorporated learning processes that effectively used LEGO® robotics as one of the more creative tools for teaching GT.
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