Innovating from the inside: teacher influence and the 'promisingness' of digital learning environments

Cloonan,A, Hutchison,K and Paatsch,L 2014, Innovating from the inside: teacher influence and the 'promisingness' of digital learning environments, E-learning and digital media, vol. 11, no. 6, pp. 582-592, doi: 10.2304/elea.2014.11.6.582.

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Title Innovating from the inside: teacher influence and the 'promisingness' of digital learning environments
Author(s) Cloonan,AORCID iD for Cloonan,A orcid.org/0000-0003-0347-1687
Hutchison,KORCID iD for Hutchison,K orcid.org/0000-0003-4113-5975
Paatsch,LORCID iD for Paatsch,L orcid.org/0000-0003-3978-9603
Journal name E-learning and digital media
Volume number 11
Issue number 6
Start page 582
End page 592
Total pages 11
Publisher Symposium Journals
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2014
ISSN 2042-7530
Keyword(s) Australia
education
innovation
Summary In line with global trends, Australian educational policy emphatically recognises the need for contemporary learners to be digitally literate, with provision of 'one-to-one' devices to individual learners in schools a major implementation strategy. However, without teacher commitment, the benefits of such investment in one-to-one programs are undermined and the devices themselves are under-utilised. Too often, the focus on hardware is not accompanied by insight into the organisational learning and change required in pedagogical practices. In the knowledge that curriculum and pedagogical renewal rests squarely with teachers and leaders rather than with technological hardware and software per se, this article draws on outcomes/findings from a school/university ethnographic collaboration which closely explored the introduction of a school-funded, one-to-one netbook program in a school excluded from a state-wide initiative. It seeks to make visible the often overlooked work of teachers as members of learning organisations through a narrative of change. The narrative focuses on teacher agency and capacity to mobilise a school community to commit to a vision of; no-blame risk taking; collective professional learning; the power of purpose and passion; leadership in the face of government practice which disempowered teachers and disadvantaged students; and the development of an innovation 'from the inside'.
Language eng
DOI 10.2304/elea.2014.11.6.582
Field of Research 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Lote, Esl and Tesol)
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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