ICT peer coaches: techno-pedagogues of the twenty-first century

Ellul, R 2010, ICT peer coaches: techno-pedagogues of the twenty-first century, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Education, RMIT University.


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Title ICT peer coaches: techno-pedagogues of the twenty-first century
Author(s) Ellul, R
Year 2010
Abstract This PhD by project investigates the ICT peer coaching programmes in place in three government schools in Victoria, Australia. The increasing use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in schools has presented educators with many new challenges as they seek to maximise the potential afforded by ICT to improve student learning and get the best return on investment.

Teacher professional learning is essential in supporting teachers to improve their practice and support a culture of continuous improvement across the school. The literature review highlighted that past methods of professional learning such as one-off workshops and off-site events are less effective to enable teachers to develop both ICT skills and pedagogical knowledge needed for 21st century teaching and learning. While peer coaching is increasingly offered as a professional learning strategy in schools, very little is available which focuses on peer coaching in an ICT context and whether it effectively supports teachers to integrate ICT into their classroom practice.

This research examines whether ICT peer coaching as a professional learning strategy supports teachers’ integration of ICT into their learning and teaching programme. It uses a constructivist (naturalistic) inquiry methodology and a collective case study approach. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews, observations and an analysis of artefacts such as school strategic plans and policies.

A number of key findings emerged through the study and included an additional stage to the three-stage ICT coaching cycle often found in the literature and the need for documentation by the learners, such as the development of a portfolio, to support deeper reflection on their practice. The study also identified the need for greater cohesion between the ICT peer coaching programmes and the culture, strategic planning and reform agenda in place at the school in order to align the programme to the school’s strategic goals.

The product is the teacher2teacher: ICT Peer Coaching wiki. Its purpose is to provide principals and teachers with a practical resource which provides information on ICT peer coaching and a model which would support them in establishing such a programme in their school. Templates are included and users of the wiki are invited to contribute to the resources in the spirit of online collaboration.
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Education
Keyword(s) Peer coaching
ICT
technology
teacher professional learning
coaching
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