ERIC Number: ED472069
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-May
A Journey of Transformation: A Model of Educators' Learning Experiences in Educational Technology.
King, Kathleen P.
A model of educators' learning experiences in educational technology was developed by studying 205 educators who participated in professional development in educational technology at metropolitan area graduate schools of education over a 7-year period. Data were gathered over the entire semester for all participants. Additional data on a limited number of participants were also gathered one and 12-14 months after they had completed the professional development experience. All 205 participants completed a pilot survey. Additional data sources were as follows: 748 entries in electronic journals; 58 interview transcripts, and 25 reflective essays about the professional development learning experience. Qualitative and quantitative analyses of the data resulted in a model of the teachers' journey of transformation that consisted of four stages and 10 perspective transformation stages as follows: (1) fear and uncertainty (a disorienting dilemma; self-examination); (2) testing and exploring (a critical assessment of epistemic, sociocultural, or psychic assumptions; recognition that one's discontent and the process of transformation are shared; exploration of options for new roles, relationships, and actions); (3) affirming and connecting (planning a course of action; acquiring knowledge and skills for implementing one's plans; building competence and self-confidence in new roles and relationships); and (4) new perspectives (reintegration of a new perspective into one's life). (20 references) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Attitude Change, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Graduate Study, Information Technology, Journal Writing, Learning Experience, Learning Processes, Learning Theories, Longitudinal Studies, Metropolitan Areas, Models, Postsecondary Education, Professional Development, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Surveys, Theory Practice Relationship, Transformative Learning
Adult and Community College Education, Box 7801, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7801 ($30). For full text: http://www.ncsu.edu/ced/acce/aerc/start.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Adult Education Research Conference (43rd, Raleigh, NC, May 24-26, 2002).