student profile: Mr Andrew Mifsud


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Thesis work

Thesis title: Changing environments: Teacher and student interactions in a secondary school blended learning environment

Supervisors: Lina MARKAUSKAITE , Lesley SCANLON

Thesis abstract:

Teacher and student interaction has undergone a radical transformation since the introduction of virtual learning environments.  While face-to-face instruction remains a fixture, traditional secondary schools are increasingly using Web 2.0 technology to create new paths of communication.  As such, interactions take place in both the physical classroom, and through online spaces such as social learning sites (SLSs), learning management sites (LMSs) and social network sites (SNSs).  The resulting blended learning environment (BLE) gives students an element of control over time, space and pace of content delivery, while maintaining the benefits attributed to face-to-face teacher and student interaction.  Emerging research in this area highlights a number of challenges and opportunities BLEs may bring to secondary school education, but so far do not offer enough detail on the way this environment shapes the learning process and how this radical change impacts both students and teachers.  This research project addresses this issue by offering a holistic view of teacher and student interactions across both physical and online environments.  It will paint a detailed picture of the perspective of teachers and students as they interact in these environments and offer a view of how these shape the learning process.  This project addresses this by undertaking an ethnographic study to describe and conceptualise the teaching and learning processes involved when a teacher and students interact with one another in a blended learning environment.  Theoretically, this project will explore human group interaction in accordance with Mead and Blumer's concept of symbolic interactionism.

Selected publications

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Conferences

  • Mifsud, A. (2013). Using social network sites to foster creativity and collaboration in the music classroom. XIX National Australian Society for Music Education Conference (ASME 2013), Parkville, Australia: Australian Society for Music Education.

2013

  • Mifsud, A. (2013). Using social network sites to foster creativity and collaboration in the music classroom. XIX National Australian Society for Music Education Conference (ASME 2013), Parkville, Australia: Australian Society for Music Education.

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