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ERIC Number: EJ1064661
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: EISSN-1941-3432
Pair Teaching of ICT in Higher Education: A Multi-Perspective Reflection
Pretorius, H. W.; Steyn, A. A.; Johnson, R. D.
Research in Higher Education Journal, v17 Sep 2012
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) educators in higher education are constantly challenged to look for innovative ways to improve their pedagogical practices (i.e., facilitated learning, mentoring and assessment). Pair Teaching (PT) has many benefits allowing educators to design and present better learning experiences for students. The field of ICT is holistic by nature with right and left brained analytical thinking and learning. However, traditional teaching approaches and methods only focus to further left brain thinking and learning, involving study material such as textbooks and slides to educate students. This paper argues that PT lends itself to design and present better whole-brain learning opportunities in ICT by working in pairs. The researchers found that PT contributes to educational quality by presenting broader and richer perspectives of subject matter, while PT allows educators to learn from one another. On the negative side, different teaching styles and personalities of educators, may cause confusion in the classroom and is regarded as a critical success factor for PT. Students agree that PT allowed for more interesting, enjoyable and interactive learning opportunities. Different perspectives of educators also aided in understanding subject matter better and more thoroughly. However, the students indicated that different perspectives of the subject matter often leads to confusion and takes up more time because of repeated information. The students also indicated that it is difficult to split their attention between two different educators with different teaching styles.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa