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Professional development across the islands of the South Pacific: A qualitative study of blended learning facilitators in the Cook Islands.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are having remarkable effects and promise potential solutions to many of the South Pacific islands’ geographic, economic and social challenges. Access to ICTs is also an increasingly important factor for education and training in the region. While the Pacific eLearning Observatory, supported by the University of the South Pacific, has been monitoring the development and access to ICT in education across the 12 university’s campuses, studies that specifically examine the attitudes and understanding of educators working on the islands of the South Pacific towards the use of ICT in their profession, as well as for their professional development, are rare. This study aims at addressing the gap in the literature by examining the professional development of facilitators working in blended learning environment across the remote islands of the Cook Islands. The research outcomes of this study are based on the analysis of in-depth, semi-structured interviews, and the theoretical foundation of this thesis is grounded in the social and situated theory of learning. By closely examining the facilitators’ perceptions, the project sheds new light on the still little recognised concept of online communities of practice in teaching and learning. The central finding of the study is that participation in online communities of practice offers on-going opportunities for learning, development and support, and reduces the feeling of remoteness and isolation associated with the geographical conditions of the South Pacific region.

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2014. , 60 p.
Keyword [en]
qualitative analysis, ICT, blended learning, facilitator, professional development, identity, communities of practice, online communities of practice, South Pacific island states and territories.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-117483ISRN: 14/004OAI: diva2:808641
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Intercontinental Master´s Programme in Adult Learning and Global Change
Available from: 2015-05-04 Created: 2015-04-29 Last updated: 2015-05-04Bibliographically approved

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