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Interactive Education: Teaching and Learning in the Information Age

Grant reference: L139251060

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TLRP: Interactive Education: Teaching and Learning in the Information Age - poster
This poster describes the rationale, methods and some of the findings of the project InterActive Education: Teaching and Learning in the Information Age. The aim of the project was to find out more about how ICT can be used most effectively to enhance teaching and learning across the curriculum with all phases from primary to post-16. At the core of the project is the development and evaluation of Subject Design Initiatives (SDIs) within the areas of English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Music and Science. Cutting across this core are a series of inter-related research strands: Educational Policy and Management of ICT in Schools, Teaching and Learning, The Role of Subject Cultures in Mediating ICT Use, Teachers and Professional Development, Learners' Out-of-School Uses of Computers. The study is framed by: (1) socio-cultural theory which foregrounds the mediating role of tools in human action; (2) Bernstein’s work on pedagogy and learning; (3) new forms of knowledge production that stress transdisciplinarity, heterogeneity, reflexivity. The research is a partnership between teachers, researchers, teacher educators and managers, working across the primary, secondary and FE sectors. The first phase will focus on the collaborative design and refinement of teaching and learning initiatives and the development of research instruments. Research and evaluation of learning which emanates from the designed initiatives will follow, taking into account the wider influences on the learning and organisational context. The project will analyse similarities and differences between subjects in both teaching practices and students' approaches to learning through new technologies. The findings are organized in the following sections: (1) Digital video as a transformative tool (2) Teaching and learning (3) ICT as a multipurpose tool (4) Subject cultures and ICT (5) Creative imitation lastly, (6) Out-of-school uses of computers.
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Author R Sutherland

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