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Pages: 1876-1886
Publication year: 2011
ISBN: 978-84-614-7423-3
ISSN: 2340-1079

Conference name: 5th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 7-9 March, 2011
Location: Valencia, Spain

ACTION RESEARCH AS A QUALITATIVE RESEARCH APPROACH FOR UNDERSTANDING TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION

M. Schols

Fontys University of Applied Sciences (NETHERLANDS)
Over the last two decades, institutions for higher education (HE) such as universities and colleges have rapidly expanded and as a result have experienced profound changes in processes of research and organization. However, the rapid expansion and change has fuelled concerns about issues such as educators’ technology professional development (TPD). Despite the educational value of emerging technologies in schools, the introduction has not yet enjoyed much success. Effective use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) requires a substantial change in pedagogical practice. Traditional training and learning approaches cannot cope with the rising demand on educators to make use of innovative technologies in their teaching. As a result, educational institutions as well as the public are more and more aware of the need for adequate TPD. The focus of this paper is to look at action research as a qualitative research methodology for studying technology professional development in HE in order to improve teaching and learning with ICTs at the tertiary level. The data discussed in this paper have been drawn from a cross institutional setting at Fontys University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands. The data were collected and analysed according to a qualitative approach. The paper concludes that the use of action research not only raises important issues of how best to use the latest technology in classrooms, but it can also act as a catalyst providing teachers with the opportunity to examine their traditional classroom practice.
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title = {ACTION RESEARCH AS A QUALITATIVE RESEARCH APPROACH FOR UNDERSTANDING TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION},
series = {5th International Technology, Education and Development Conference},
booktitle = {INTED2011 Proceedings},
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M. Schols (2011) ACTION RESEARCH AS A QUALITATIVE RESEARCH APPROACH FOR UNDERSTANDING TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION, INTED2011 Proceedings, pp. 1876-1886.
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