Title

Partnerships with School For the Development of Teacher Capacity to Integrate the Use of ICT

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

Australian Teacher Education Association

Faculty

Education and Arts

School

Education

RAS ID

4785

Comments

This article was originally published as: Newhouse, C. P. (2006). Partnerships with school for the development of teacher capacity to integrate the use of ICT. Proceedings of Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) Conference. (pp. 253-260). Fremantle WA. Australian Teacher Education Association. Original article available here

Abstract

This paper reports on a pilot project, conducted by the Centre for Schooling and Learning Technologies at Edith Cowan University, that aimed to support schools seeking to improve the integration of ICT through a school-based model of professional learning. The model built on long-term partnerships between the schools and the University to include teachers, pre-service teachers and academics. Teachers worked collaboratively with pre-service teachers and academics in a mentored action-learning mode, supported with online resources, to implement applications of ICT support for learning. The academics were available to support teachers who used an action research methodology to reflect on aspects of the implementation. The pilot project successfully involved 20 teachers from a primary and secondary school where it was clear that involving a substantial number of teachers from one school for a significant amount of time is beneficial in developing understandings and collegiality. The project demonstrated the necessity of school-based professional learning for teachers and the cost of such approaches. It also highlighted the negative impact of some government policies on such initiatives.