ICT PD Cluster Programme Research Review Project: Report of trends, lessons, and best practice, from exiting clusters.

Clayton, John and Elliott, Richard and Saravani, Sarah-Jane (2009) ICT PD Cluster Programme Research Review Project: Report of trends, lessons, and best practice, from exiting clusters. Project Report. Emerging Technologies Centre, Hamilton, New Zealand.

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The introduction of the Information and Communication Technologies Professional Development (ICT PD) Cluster initiative in 1999 significantly increased the Ministry of Education's investment in schools to provide professional development in information and communication technologies (ICTs). This investment firstly, acknowledged the effect teacher's knowledge, competence and confidence in the use of ICT have on the schools capacity and capability to engage students in ICT supported learning environments and secondly, indicated a preference to empower schools to take ownership of the professional development process. The model actively encouraged groups of schools (clusters) to collaborate with each other in the design and delivery of professional development to cluster teachers in a variety of ways. They could, if they wished, pool staffing resources, link with other schools within a geographical region or collaborate with schools sharing a common philosophy or cultural heritage. It was envisaged that clusters who had participated for the full three years of the cluster initiative would promote good practice in other schools by being "exemplars". In essence, clusters, and individual schools within clusters, would be used to inform the professional practices of other schools with on-site visits and assistance and sharing of resources through an online resource centre and at national events. They would be able to inform schools about the key attributes and critical success factors that influenced their planning as they matured through the life-cycle of the initiative. The focus of this phase of the research project is to describe key attributes and critical success factors, identified from data collected from schools exiting the ICTPD cluster programme, considered to be "best practice" and ascertain whether these should be retained as recommendations for any future model of ICTPD provision.

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:474
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Deposited On:06 Dec 2009 22:40
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