“But All We Really Wanted was a Course!”: Teacher Professional Development for Innovative Teaching with ICT

Hanne Wacher Kjærgaard, Simon Skov Fougt

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    Abstract

    This article describes a professional development project for teachers that aimed at developing innovative teaching with ICT in a 21st-century understanding of the term innovative. The article describes the result of the intervention and the practice-based method used for this professional development project. Data from teacher planning, observations, interviews and document study are used to describe the poor outcome
    for the 8th-grade foreign-language teachers involved. We suggest five reasons for why the teachers did not manage to live up to the criteria for innovative teaching but persisted in conducting traditional teaching, where ICT was never integrated in their subject teaching in relevant and appropriate, valueadding ways: First, the students’ level of the foreign language; second, an unstable interaction with consultants; third,
    the teachers’ struggle to find their roles; fourth, competing rationales; and fifth, a dated understanding of their subjects.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number13
    JournalJournal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia
    Volume25
    Issue number4
    Pages (from-to)377-395
    Number of pages19
    ISSN1055-8896
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

    Keywords

    • information and communication technologies and e-learning
    • schools, courses and institutions

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