Newly qualified teachers' learning related to their use of information and communication technology: A Swedish perspective
2006 (English)In: British Journal of Educational Technology, ISSN 0007-1013, Vol. 37, no 5, 665-682 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This qualitative study focuses on newly qualified teachers' use of information and communication technology (ICT) as a tool for meeting the challenges of their everyday work. The overarching aim is to investigate whether they can contribute to new knowledge about learning in ICT contexts. Theoretical points of departure concern the changeable nature of learning in situations where ways of communicating knowledge and skills are changed. The study draws upon interviews and observations. The findings show intersections picturing the new technique as partly changing the circumstances for teaching, learning and collaboration between colleagues. The new teachers' utterances show that ICT utilisation is extensive and exhibits great variation both among female and among male participants. Boundary-crossing changes become visible in the collaboration between more experienced teachers and those who are newly qualified, especially when they work on a common development project. However, there are relatively few teachers who bring up active ICT use in connection with pupils' learning. Changed roles because of ICT competence raise questions about the importance of systematic ICT features within teacher education. Many of the newly qualified teachers wish they had more knowledge about ICT and related techniques. Another question is whether newly qualified teachers who show interest in using the technique can take on the role as agents of change in their active and creative use of ICT. © 2006 British Educational Communications and Technology Agency.
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2006. Vol. 37, no 5, 665-682 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-50147DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8535.2006.00563.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-50147DiVA: diva2:271043