ERIC Number: EJ1084956
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Change in University Teachers' Elearning Beliefs and Practices: A Longitudinal Study
Scott, Karen M.
Studies in Higher Education, v41 n3 p582-598 2016
Little longitudinal research has examined change in university teachers' elearning beliefs and practices after their initial experience with elearning. This study addresses this gap by focusing on six teachers who developed and implemented an elearning resource, and the changes they made to the resource and its implementation over two years. A focus is whether the teachers' reflections on the changes provided an opportunity and stimulus for change in their elearning beliefs and practices. Findings highlight that change in elearning beliefs cannot be presumed to precede change in practices, and that changes in elearning beliefs and practices typically occur following critical unmet expectations, when students' learning preferences conflict with teachers' goals. Furthermore, teachers have sets of elearning beliefs that inform different practices in different contexts. Finally, this study has highlighted the continuing refinement and redevelopment of elearning resources that occur over time. The findings have implications for supporting teachers using elearning.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Attitude Change, Electronic Learning, Beliefs, Educational Practices, Program Implementation, Expectation, Preferences, Student Educational Objectives, Reflection, Longitudinal Studies, Case Studies, Phenomenology, Data Analysis, Qualitative Research, Semi Structured Interviews, Student Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia