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ERIC Number: EJ1112576
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug
Pages: 17
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ISSN: EISSN-1527-9316
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"I Tolerate Technology--I Don't Embrace It": Instructor Surprise and Sensemaking in a Technology-Rich Learning Environment
Fairchild, Jennifer L.; Meiners, Eric B.; Violette, Jayne L.
Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v16 n4 p92-108 Aug 2016
Assuming a dialectical approach to technology and pedagogy, this study explores sensemaking processes for instructors teaching in a technologically enhanced college classroom environment. Through a series of semi-structured individual and group interviews, seven instructors provided narrative accounts of the problems encountered with progressive instructional technology and their emergent strategies to make sense of and manage it. Three primary dialectical tensions were described: freedom vs. confinement, connectedness vs. fragmentation, and change vs. stability. Two related modes of sensemaking in response to these tensions were also uncovered: adaptation, involving day-to-day adjustments to non-routine failures, and reframing, entailing gradual reflection upon the instructors' roles in the classroom. Implications for the current findings are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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