ICT PD Cluster Programme Research Review Project: ICT professional development provision: Key findings from international evaluations, commentaries and research

Clayton, John and Elliott, Richard and Saravani, Sarah-Jane (2009) ICT PD Cluster Programme Research Review Project: ICT professional development provision: Key findings from international evaluations, commentaries and research. Project Report. Emerging Technologies Centre, Hamilton, New Zealand.

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The concomitant increase in the sophistication of web browsers, search engines and software applications along with the increasing ICT skills of learners, is reflected in the changing nature of the learning environment. As a result, schools, students, administrators and teachers are becoming more flexible in their use of time, space, place and resources. New Zealand schools and Government agencies have made significant investment in ICT within the education system and individual schools to enable them to operate successfully in these new globally connected educational environments. The increased investment in ICT has impacted significantly on the administrative, reporting and teaching and learning practices of individual schools. These changes, when unsupported, can create tension and unease as existing routine, familiar procedures and processes are replaced with the unfamiliar. How schools manage the professional development needs of staff will also have a significant impact on the successful integration and effective use of ICT within schools. Therefore, increased investment in ICT has seen a corresponding increase in the allocation of funds for the ongoing professional development of teachers. This increased funding clearly acknowledges the need for teachers to understand and be skilled in the effective and efficient use of ICTs. The employment of ICTs for administrative tasks and teaching and learning will impact directly upon the capacity and capability of schools to engage in globally-connected learning environments. The focus of this paper is to identify those key features of ICT professional development, as demonstrated through international research reports, evaluations and commentaries, which could be considered "international best practice" and comment on their transferability to, or suitability for professional development for New Zealand teachers.

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:Corporate > Emerging Technologies Centre
Corporate > Library
ID Code:476
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Deposited On:07 Dec 2009 22:12
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