Adaptive teachers embracing new ways of learning with robotics in Chinese schools

Lee, Kar-Tin & Chandra, Vinesh (2012) Adaptive teachers embracing new ways of learning with robotics in Chinese schools. In Institute for Information Technologies in Education Biennial Conference (IITE2012), 12-13 November 2012, Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics, Moscow.

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In July 2010, China announced the “National Plan for Medium and Long-term Education Reform and Development(2010-2020)” (PRC 2010). The Plan calls for an education system that:

• promotes an integrated development which harnesses everyone’s talent; • combines learning and thinking; unifies knowledge and practice; • allows teachers to teach according to individuals’ needs; and • reforms education quality evaluation and personnel evaluation systems focusing on performance including character, knowledge, ability and other factors.

This paper discusses the design and implementation of a Professional Learning Program (PLP) undertaken by 432 primary, middle and high school teachers in China. The aim of this initiative was to develop adaptive expertise in using technology that facilitated innovative science and technology teaching and learning as envisaged by the Chinese Ministry of Education’s (2010-2020) education reforms.

Key principles derived from literature about professional learning and scaffolding of learning informed the design of the PLP. The analysis of data revealed that the participants had made substantial progress towards the development of adaptive expertise. This was manifested not only by advances in the participants’ repertoires of Subject Matter Knowledge and Pedagogical Content Knowledge but also in changes to their levels of confidence and identities as teachers. It was found that through time the participants had coalesced into a professional learning community that readily engaged in the sharing, peer review, reuse and adaption, and collaborative design of innovative science and technology learning and assessment activities.

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ID Code: 58503
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Additional Information: Proceedings will be published by UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education
Keywords: Adaptive expertise, Robotics, Professional Learning, Learning Designers, Chinese Teachers
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 21 Mar 2013 23:32
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 02:13

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