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Supporting ICT based pedagogies in science in rural school settings

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posted on 01.12.2010, 00:00 authored by Peter Hubber, Gail Chittleborough, Coral CampbellCoral Campbell, Wendy JoblingWendy Jobling, Russell TytlerRussell Tytler
Recent research has demonstrated a significant disadvantage for rural teachers in a variety of aspects of ICT use. This context provides a backdrop for two professional learning programs designed to support ICT-based pedagogies in teaching science in Victorian rural primary and secondary schools. In both programs the school-based workshops initiated a community of learners supported with online web-presence. One program used an intensive five-day workshop focused on developing teachers’ knowledge, pedagogical expertise and leadership skills in embedding ICT into classroom practice. The second program provided a one-day workshop focused on integrating ICT skills in teaching science. Factors that affected the uptake of ICT included the considerable diversity in ICT availability and use, teacher competence, lack of support in schools, and online support. To redress rural disadvantage in ICT use, school commitment and focused leadership were identified as central to programs that supported and developed teacher skills and pedagogies over time.

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Journal

Australian educational computing

Volume

25

Issue

2

Pagination

12 - 16

Publisher

Australian Council for Computers in Education

Location

Belonnen, A.C.T.

ISSN

0816-9020

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1443-833X

Language

eng

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Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.

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C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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2010, Australian Council for Computers in Education

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