Partnerships with School For the Development of Teacher Capacity to Integrate the Use of ICT
Australian Teacher Education Association
Education and Arts
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.