Developing A Contract For Learning: A Constructivist Approach For Professional Development
Linda Stanley Wilson, University of British Columbia, Canada ; Patty Phillips, Pitt Meadows Elementary School, Canada ; Jeff Spence, Lord Byng Secondary School, Canada ; Adam Gibbons, University of British Columbia, Canada
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, ISBN 978-1-880094-37-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
An increasing number of teachers returning to the Faculty of Education for advanced coursework are interested in learning technology skills—with a specific emphasis on learning how to effectively use computers in their classrooms. These teachers explain that the alternative has been to learn on their own or attend professional development days which often only focus on skills such as word processing, grading programs, or use of the internet, but not how to use technology to enhance student learning. In this longitudinal study, we utilized a constructivist approach (Duffy & Cunningham, 1996) facilitating the development of teachers' skills to increase their competency in using technology in the classroom. The primary focus for the use of technology in the classroom was to enhance opportunities for student learning and to develop higher order skills such as critical thinking and problem solving (Jonassen & Reeves, 1996). Through interviews, questionnaires, and observation, data were collected to address the specific research question, how can practicing teachers best learn to use technology to enhance the learning experiences for their students?
Wilson, L.S., Phillips, P., Spence, J. & Gibbons, A. (2000). Developing A Contract For Learning: A Constructivist Approach For Professional Development. In D. Willis, J. Price & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2000--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 732-737). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).