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Exploring staff perceptions: Early childhood teacher educators examine online teaching and learning challenges and dilemmas

Davis, Julie M., Lennox, Sandra P., Walker, Sue, & Walsh, Kerryann M. (2007) Exploring staff perceptions: Early childhood teacher educators examine online teaching and learning challenges and dilemmas. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 1(2), pp. 1-15.

Abstract

Early Childhood teacher educators at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have been engaging with online teaching and learning since the mid 1990s. On campus students have lectures and tutorials supported by information and communication technologies via QUT’s home grown learning management system, Online Learning and Teaching (OLT). We surveyed academic staff to identify their perceptions of online provision. Of significance were issues around transmission, constructivism, and interactivity, especially for external students with a perceived preference amongst all students for knowledge transmission. There are also constraints for staff specifically, the technological limitations of the learning management system and our own limitations as online curriculum developers. The findings of this study suggest a need to develop staff capacity to work more effectively in an online environment and to consider the efficacy of blended approaches to teaching and learning.

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ID Code: 8656
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright 2006 by Georgia Southern University reproduced with permission from International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning. For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author. Author contact details: sue.walker@qut.edu.au
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Keywords: Staff perceptions, Online learning, Higher Education, HERN
ISSN: 1931-4744
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Georgia Southern University
Copyright Statement: Paper copies and electronic dissemination of unaltered articles and essays (or excerpts from them) published in this journal may be made by the authors and others for nonprofit personal, professional, educational and research purposes at no cost and without securing permission.
Deposited On: 17 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:32

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