Sydney School of Education and Social Work events - 2012 Archive

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CoCo members seminar

12 September 2012

Join us on September 12 for a CoCo Seminar when research students Shahadat Hossain Khan and Gilbert Importante present.


Shahadat Hossain Khan will present his study on “Technical and Vocational Education (TVE) teachers’ conceptions of and approaches to ICT in professional education”.

A significant number of studies have been carried out on conceptions of, and approaches to teaching over the last 25 years. Still newer studies reported new aspects of teaching which did not emerge in previous studies (Åkerlind, 2003; González, 2011). These studies have demonstrated their pivotal role in improving teaching experience.

The purpose of present study is to explore Australian TVE teachers’ conception of, and approaches to, teaching when incorporating Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in different disciplines. It further explores their conceptions regarding use of ICT in the relevant profession. The study is based on phenomenographic research methodology.

From three TAFE institutes in NSW, a multidisciplinary selection of 20 teachers with ICT-enhanced teaching experience will be interviewed. The findings of this research provide knew knowledge about how TAFE teachers understand ICT-enhanced teaching; approach ICT in their teaching and how they conceive ICT in their profession which may provide new insights for curriculum developers in TAFE.



Gilbert Importante will present his study on “Entanglements in techno-human ecosystems: Implications for sustainable community development”. There is a great deal of concern among different national, regional and local agencies about the role of ICT in national and regional development.

The question that is often asked is: How can ICT initiatives be sustained for the socio-economic development of a region? This presentation will outline work in progress that focuses on examining the dynamics and challenges of implementing and sustaining large scale ICT-enhanced learning and regional development innovations.

The main focus of this study is the interplay between human and non-human actors in ICT within the two different levels of the Farmers Information and Services (FITS) centers in Region XI of the Philippines.

The presentation will sketch a design for research that investigates these problems from the perspectives of adoption, diffusion and sustainability of innovation and that focuses on discourses of development, transfer of ICT-based innovations and the relationship between ICT, agriculture and adult learning in the context of a developing country.

An overview of the literature will highlight the specific issues guiding the design of the empirical research to be undertaken in the Philippines.

The proposed methodological approach for the study is a multisite ethnography with an analytical framework based in socio-materialistic theories such as Actor-Network Theory (ANT) and Structuration Theory.


This seminar will be available live online at http://webconf.ucc.usyd.edu.au/seminar-room1

Event details

  • When: 11.00am - 12.30pm
  • Where: Education Building (A35) Room 230
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact:

    Sadhbh Warren

    T: 935 12612

    E: coco@sydney.edu.au

  • More info: Arrive at 10.45 am for refreshments
  • Speaker/ Performer:

    Shahadat Hossain Khan

    I am a PhD student at the Centre for Research on Computer Supported Learning and Cognition (CoCo), at the University of Sydney. I am doing research in the area of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in TAFE.

    In particular, I am interested in TAFE teachers’ views about the role of ICT in the discipline or profession that they teach and how they use ICT in their teaching. I have been working as a faculty member of the department of Technical and Vocational Education (TVE), at the Islamic University of Technology (IUT), a subsidiary organ of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Gazipur, Bangladesh. I have been serving this centre since 2006.


    Gilbert Importante

    I am a PhD student at the School of Education with the Centre for Research on Computer Supported Learning and Cognition (CoCo), at the University of Sydney. I am currently doing research Information and Technology (ICT) and community development.

    My research interest is on sustainability of technological intervention through understanding the socio-technical interactions within an organization. I have worked as a lecturer at the University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP), Director for Extension services and as Manager of Mindanao eLearning Space (MiSpace) an AUsAID project under the Basic Education Assistance for Mindanao (BEAM) project.



CoCo members seminar

Where Education Building (A35) Room 230 When

12 September 2012


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