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ERIC Number: EJ895450
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1449-5554
Grappling with Technology: A Case of Supporting Malaysian "Smart School" Teachers' Professional Development
Ming, Thang Siew; Murugaiah, Puvaneswary; Wah, Lee Kean; Azman, Hazita; Yean, Tan Lay; Sim, Lee Yit
Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, v26 n3 p400-416 2010
This paper discusses the challenges faced by a group of "Smart School" teachers in a partnership model designed to help them develop professionally through the use of online tools. This model known as e-CPDelT: Model 2020 is loosely based on the successful, UK based "Improving the Quality of Education For All" (IQEA) project (Hopkins et al., 1996). The model was piloted on 20 teachers of english, mathematics and science from 5 "Smart Schools" around Kuala Lumpur. It features collaboration between these teachers in the hope that it would lead to the development of viable communities of practice. Teacher collaboration in this pilot was in the form of (a) sharing text based narratives of perceived good lessons through blogs and (b) sharing of video clips of good lessons through the "ViP" (Virtual interactive Platform) and (c) forum discussions of lessons. Data were obtained from teacher interviews and mentor reflections. Brinkerhoff's (2006) framework on technology adoption was used to identify the challenges faced by these teachers. The findings revealed that teachers faced resource, institutional, informational and attitudinal problems. The paper concludes with discussion of suggested measures to improve technology adoption by teachers. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Malaysia