Higher-degree research being undertaken by Shahadat Khan




Dr Lina Markauskaite

Thesis title:

Technical and Vocational Education (TVE) teachers’ conceptions of, and approaches to, ICT in professional education.



Project description

The purpose of this study is to determine the conceptions of TAFE (Technical And Further Education) teachers on the use of ICT in their teaching and in the professional field. It also seeks to explore their approaches to teaching when using ICT. This study aims to investigate: (i) What does teaching mean to TAFE teachers when ICT is used in their teaching? (ii) What does ICT mean to TAFE teachers when ICT is used in their profession? (iii) How do TAFE teachers approach teaching when ICT is used?

The methodology for this study is based on phenomenographic approach, broadly based on Marton’s (1981) view that different people experience, conceptualise and understand various aspects of phenomena in qualitatively different ways.

The data collection for this study will take place at three TAFE institutes in NSW, interviewing teaching staff from different disciplines. The teachers will need to have a required level of experience in ICT enhanced teaching. The researcher will interview each teacher individually to reveal his or her way of understanding ICT enhanced teaching. The interviews will be audio-recorded. The analysis of the transcribed text will follow conventional procedure of phenomenographic data analysis which will present an initial list of categories of descriptions. They will be grouped into the final categories that will reveal and discern teachers’ qualitatively different conceptions of ICT in professional education and profession.

Shahadat Khan is a PhD student at the Centre for Research on Computer Supported Learning and Cognition (CoCo). He has been working as a faculty member of the department of Technical and Vocational Education (TVE), at the Islamic University of Technology (IUT), Bangladesh, since 2006.


  • 2011 Australian Leadership Award (ALA

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