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ERIC Number: EJ1083200
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1475-939X
Challenges and Opportunities for Teacher Professional Development in Interactive Use of Technology in African Schools
Hennessy, Sara; Haßler, Bjoern; Hofmann, Riikka
Technology, Pedagogy and Education, v24 n5 p537-564 2015
This article examines the supporting and constraining factors influencing professional learning about interactive teaching and mobile digital technology use in low-resourced basic schools in sub-Saharan Africa. It draws on a case study of iterative development and refinement of a school-based, peer-facilitated professional learning programme ("OER4Schools") that integrated use of mobile technologies, digital open educational resources and interactive pedagogy. The research and development involved teachers in three Zambian primary schools and culminated in an extensive multimedia resource. Using an ecological framework, factors emerging were characterised at three levels: teacher, school, and the wider community and policy context. They include school organisation and leadership, teacher motivation and perceptions of opportunities for professional learning and change, teacher views of pupil capabilities, availability of resources, teacher collaboration, and viewpoints of parents and policymakers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Zambia
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