Deconstruction, confusion and frequency: Surveying technology use by vocational teachers

Robertson, I 2006, 'Deconstruction, confusion and frequency: Surveying technology use by vocational teachers', in Global VET: Challenges at the Global, National and Local Levels. 9th AVETRA Conference, Wollongong, 19-21 April 2006.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Deconstruction, confusion and frequency: Surveying technology use by vocational teachers
Author(s) Robertson, I
Year 2006
Conference name AVETRA 9th Conference- Global VET: Challenges at the Global, National and Local Levels
Conference location Wollongong
Conference dates 19-21 April 2006
Proceedings title Global VET: Challenges at the Global, National and Local Levels. 9th AVETRA Conference
Publisher Australian Vocational Educational and Training Research Association
Place of publication Crows Nest, NSW, Australia
Abstract This paper reports on a survey of the use of online technology by VET teachers and compares the survey method with similar research. While there is some comparison of results from similar surveys, this is not the central concern of the paper. It is argued that surveys into the adoption of technology for teaching and learning require the deconstruction of the functionalities of the technology in terms that are relevant to the respondent group. The use general and ill-defined terms such as online learning and elearning are ineffective in providing meaningful data on the uptake of technology for teaching and learning. My second contention is that surveys should provide an option for the respondent to indicate that they are either not sure or do not understand the question. Finally, I contend that effective surveying of technology for teaching and learning should collect data related to the frequency with which the respondent uses the specific functionality. In the absence of such data it is not possible to determine if the use is a novel experience that has not been repeated or the use of the functionality in a systematic manner.
Subjects Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy
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