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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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    Abstract

    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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    ID Code: 49249
    Item Type: Conference Paper
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    Keywords: Professional development, general technology teachers, LEGO, constructivism, robotics
    ISBN: 9789810710798
    ISSN: 2010-4626
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Secondary Education (130106)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
    Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
    Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
    Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
    Copyright Owner: ©2012 IACSIT Press, Singapore
    Copyright Statement: All rights reserved. No part of the contents of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without the written permission of the publisher.
    Deposited On: 21 Mar 2012 08:33
    Last Modified: 25 Apr 2013 04:50

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