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Methodologies to optimize the impact of ICT on teaching and learning
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
University of Warsaw.
Linköpings universitet.
2009 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The European eLearning Forum for Education 2 (ELFE2) is a project initiated by the ETUCE (European Trade Union Committee on Education). The project builds on the conclusion of its predecessor ELFE 1, where the use of ICT in education was found to bring a number of benefits to learning and teaching in the studied schools. It was found that the schools stressed motivation, skills, independence and team work as part of learning and learning processes. Regarding teaching processes and teachers it was found that enthusiasm and collaboration seemed to increase when using ICT. However, many existing barriers prevent these benefits from evolving into a solid added value for teaching and learning. ELFE 2 aims, as ELFE 1, to contribute to a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of using ICT in education. The project deals particularly with identifying the methodologies used to optimize these benefits of ICT in education.

In order to further explore how ICT can be used to support teaching and learning two schools each in five European countries (Denmark, England, Latvia, Poland, and Slovenia) were selected. These schools were selected based on information that indicated that they were regarded nationally as schools with an advanced ICT practice. The idea behind this selection is that by studying schools with what is experienced as an advance practice it will be possible to get some hints about developments, problems and challenges other schools will be faced with in the future.

The collected data in ELFE2 indicates that a number of methodologies are used in the visited schools to optimize the positive impact of ICT on teaching and learning. Most of these methodologies are perceived by teachers and students as positive, but there are also factors that make the picture more complex. Some factors seem to be an obstacle for the introduction of ICT in the schools. There are also factors that seem to be a threat to a sustainable use of ICT and also to transferability of good experiences from the involved schools to other schools. The final report of the ELFE2 project will be presented in September 2009 and will form the basis for the paper.

Methods/methodology

The schools visited in the ELFE2 project were selected by the national teacher organizations as examples of secondary schools where the use of ICT in the schools should be aimed at pedagogical methods and/or addressing new curricular goals. The schools should be regarded as advanced in respect of ICT use in their countries.

The selected schools can be regarded as ten case studies. Questionnaires on school ‘facts and figures’, interviews of various categories using interview checklists were used as the research instruments accompanied by walking around in the school and investigating school documents. The school principal was interviewed and also asked to complete a questionnaire. The schools ICT coordinator was asked to complete a questionnaire with information about the schools technical equipment. Focus groups of teachers and students were met and interviewed to identify the perceptions of ICT in school by various stakeholders.

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009.
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-10917OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-10917DiVA, id: diva2:284784
Conference
European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) in Vienna, September, 2009
Available from: 2010-01-08 Created: 2010-01-08 Last updated: 2010-01-10Bibliographically approved

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