Information and communication technology and education: meaningful change through teacher agency

Albion, Peter and Tondeur, Jo (2018) Information and communication technology and education: meaningful change through teacher agency. In: Second handbook of information technology in primary and secondary education, 2nd ed. Springer International Handbooks of Education. Springer Netherlands, Netherlands, pp. 1-16.

Abstract

The quality of teachers is a very strong influence on the quality of education. In an era when societies and technologies are changing rapidly, both the nature of the education that is appropriate and the means available for its delivery are also changing rapidly. Hence, if teachers are to contribute to the ongoing transforma- tion of societies by transforming education through the use of technologies, they will need to engage in personal transformation through ongoing learning. The wide variety of contexts in which teachers work with differing resources, the variability in their prior learning and in the needs of learners, the rapid changes in technologies, and the shifting expectations of society make it impossible for central authorities to prescribe educational experiences that will be suitable for all circumstances. Teachers must be empowered to practice their profession by orchestrating resources and activities to match educational provision to learners’ needs. Recognizing the agency of teachers as professionals is essential to enlisting them as contributors to the ongoing transformation of education through application of ICT. This chapter addresses the essential role of teacher agency in the transformation of teachers and the education systems in which they work.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 24 May 2018 00:14
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2018 01:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: teacher agency, professional development, professional learning community, educational transformation
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-53803-7_25-2
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33783

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