Celtic knots: Interweaving the elements of effective teacher professional development in ICT

Lloyd, Margaret M. & Cochrane, Janet (2006) Celtic knots: Interweaving the elements of effective teacher professional development in ICT. Australian Educational Computing, 21(2), pp. 16-19.

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Professional development for teachers is often described as a journey. This paper, using the findings from a small-scale study interrogating professional development in ICT, offers the alternate metaphor of an interwoven Celtic knot to explain this phenomenon. It will show how the four key elements identified as being critical to creating the most conducive conditions for effective professional development are interdependent parts of a whole. This 'whole' is here represented as an iterative loop with theory and practice as its diametric but connected opposites. The connections between these opposites encompass the four elements in a dynamic process. Like a Celtic knot, there is no defined beginning or end nor do these elements work in a straight line. This paper attempts to show the inherent dynamism and interdependence of these elements and argues for professional development for teachers which consider both theory and practice. The understandings from this dynamic model underpin the published position statement of QSITE (Queensland Society for Information Technology in Education).

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ID Code: 8085
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: This article was originally a conference paper at ACEC 2006. Upon winning a "Best of Stream" award, it was published in Australian Educational Computing.
ISSN: 0816-90-20
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Margaret M. Lloyd and Janet Cochrane
Deposited On: 13 Jun 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:28

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