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Less but more : weaving disparate disciplines together for learners to construct their own knowledge

Lee, Kar-Tin (2012) Less but more : weaving disparate disciplines together for learners to construct their own knowledge. In Lin, Simon C. (Ed.) Proceedings of the Taiwan e-Learning and Digital Archives Program (TELDAP) International Conference 2012, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.

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    Abstract

    This paper reports on a Professional Learning Program conducted in China with 140 general technology teachers. It aimed to integrate robotics technology across and within the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. With the help of university facilitators teachers developed General Technology lessons that seamlessly integrated with rich learning content across disciplines. Teachers engaged in seminars and workshops, which provided the opportunities for them to actively couch sound principles of learning in their daily work. They gained first-hand experience in applying an aligned system of assessments, standards and quality learning experiences geared to the needs of each student. Teachers worked collaboratively in teams to create inquiry, design and collaborative learning activities that aligned with their curriculum and which dealt with real world problems, issues and challenges. They continually discussed and reflected deeply on the activities and shared the newly developed resources online with teachers across the entire country. It is evident from the preliminary analysis of data that teachers are beginning to apply rich pedagogical practices and are becoming ‘adaptive’ in their approach when using LEGO® robotic tools to design, redesign, create and re-create learning activities for their students.

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    ID Code: 49275
    Item Type: Conference Paper
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    Keywords: Professional Development,, General Technology, LEGO®, Adaptive Teachers, Robotics, STEM, Constructivism
    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: Copyright 2012 Edinburgh University Press
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    Deposited On: 22 Mar 2012 08:56
    Last Modified: 28 Mar 2013 04:53

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