ICT PD Cluster Programme Research Review Project: Report on key recommendations, trends, and lessons from ICT PD provision.

Clayton, John and Elliott, Richard and Saravani, Sarah-Jane (2009) ICT PD Cluster Programme Research Review Project: Report on key recommendations, trends, and lessons from ICT PD provision. Project Report. Emerging Technologies Centre, Hamilton, New Zealand. (Submitted)

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Investment in professional development in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) by schools and educational agencies has increased. This increase acknowledges the effect teachers knowledge, competence and confidence in the use of ICT have on the capacity and capability of a school to actively engage students in ICT supported learning environments. Influenced by the school reforms of the early 1980s a school focused and administered model of professional development, the Information and Communication Technologies Professional Development (ICT PD) Cluster programme, has received government support since the late 1990s. The ICT PD model heralded a significant shift in the funding of professional development. There was a move from investment in "deficit" approaches (teachers "deficiencies" are addressed) to "empowerment" approaches (i.e. school needs are met). However, the development of responsibilities to schools for professional development comes with a degree of risk. In essence, do school leaders have the requisite skills and experience to identify, design and deliver the necessary professional development? To ensure school leaders were adequately supported, the Ministry of Education funded the position of a National Coordinator for the Cluster programme. As the number of clusters participating in the ICT PD initiative has grown, so too has the role of the National Coordinator and a support team, the National Facilitation Team, is now in place to support all clusters. The focus of this phase of the research project is to describe those key features of national facilitation that have enabled cluster leaders to acquire the requisite skills to administer cluster operations, lead professional development events and exit the cluster programme in a successful and sustainable manner.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Keywords that describe the item:ICT PD Cluster, professional development, ICT enhanced learning
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions:Research Facilities > Emerging Technologies Centre
Corporate > Library
ID Code:473
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Deposited On:07 Dec 2009 03:18
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