ERIC Number: ED440279
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Modern Media and Instructional Technology in Vocational Education: Some Experiences of the Diffusion of New Technology in the Adult Education Institutions.
Maki-Komsi, Saija; Ropo, Eero
A study investigated teachers' experiences of educational and cultural change in adult education institutions. The initial assumption of the study was that the institutional shift from traditional teacher-dominated, face-to-face teaching to networked teamwork that emphasizes students' independence is not only a methodological or technological change, but also a cultural one. It affects and depends on the whole institution and requires a multi-level transformation of the practices and procedures, as well as overall changes in the thinking of teaching, learning, and studying. The study was empirical and applied mainly qualitative methodology. However, surveys were also used and data were gathered through interviews and a short questionnaire delivered to all potential respondents via e-mail. The subjects were 60 teachers in 15 different vocational programs representing 20 adult vocational institutions. Results showed that all institutions were in the middle or beginning of the process of changing teaching practices and linking them into instructional technology and the information age. The subjects described difficulties in transforming instruction from traditional classroom teaching into multi-media instruction in which distance education and independent work are crucial parts of studying and teaching. Teachers' and students' roles and power balance resulting from the students' independence in goal setting and individual curriculum were also in flux. This kind of change seemed to be a major challenge to the teachers' professional identity and previous conceptions of learning and teaching. Implications for educational institutions include deciding how to support the new technology while adopting a new learning and teaching culture. (Contains 21 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) (New Orleans, LA, April 24-28, 2000).