ERIC Number: EJ1039921
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
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Reference Count: 78
Vocational Education Approach: New TEL Settings--New Prospects for Teachers' Instructional Activities?
Hämäläinen, Raija; De Wever, Bram
International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, v8 n3 p271-291 Sep 2013
This study focuses on vocational education teachers' instructional activities in a new technology-enhanced learning (TEL) setting. A content analysis is applied to investigate teachers' and students' interactions in a 3D game context. The findings illustrate that when teachers' and students' interactions are mediated by a game, teachers seem to apply different discussion activities to empower vocational learning than they do in traditional classroom settings. Additionally, the present study shows that teachers spontaneously develop new ways of supporting vocational learning processes. In more detail, two main types of instructional activities were identified: a "knowledge-providing" approach and a "joint problem-solving" approach. Additionally, findings illustrate how teachers using different types of instructional approaches are followed up with different processes by students. The article is concluded with a general discussion of the emerging challenges regarding the technological and pedagogical development of vocational education and teachers' instructional activities in new TEL settings based on a more long-term design-based research project (ongoing since 2004).
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Vocational Education, Educational Games, Computer Games, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods, Problem Solving, Learning Activities
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