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Adaptation and avoidance: Observations of teachers' reactions to information and communications technology in the classroom

Lloyd, Margaret and Yelland, Nicola (2003) Adaptation and avoidance: Observations of teachers' reactions to information and communications technology in the classroom. Change: Transformations in Education, 6 (1). pp. 81-96. ISSN 1441-9319

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Abstract

This paper reports and reflects upon the observed behaviours of teachers during the conduct of a large-scale telecommunications project. While teacher behaviours were not the original focus of the project, they quickly became an exogenous force on the environment which could not be ignored. This paper is drawn from field notes which revealed a pattern of success and frustration, of adaptation and avoidance as those concerned dealt with the subjective and logistical changes in their lives and in their teaching practice. The story told here is about the complexity of change, and the struggles faced by individuals in coming to terms personally and professionally with externally imposed change. This paper also is concerned with the "head and heart" of teaching,rather than the operational skills usually implied by technology adoption. The conclusions drawn concern the nature of professional development required to facilitate the adoption of information and communications technologies in the classroom.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID10209, teacher behaviour, ICT, reaction, technology
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Education
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 25 May 2011 06:54
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 05:44
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/2457
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