29 May 2013
Join us on the 29th of May for a CoCo Seminar by Dr. Jennifer Way titled “The Engagement, Learning and Technology Nexus”.
This presentation describes the first version of a model for describing the interactions between characteristics of a particular discipline (e.g. mathematics, history), the affordances of digital devices and resources (e.g. learning objects, cameras) and the engagement (behavioural, emotional and cognitive) of students in learning experiences.
Currently the model is being refined and ‘tested’ by a group of researchers as a sense-making tool for reflecting on a collection of existing research findings and documented examples of teaching/learning scenarios. The ambition is then to apply the model as a framework for a program of research investigating the engagement, learning and technology nexus across a variety of education contexts.The overall goal is to better understand how to stimulate productive thinking processes that have significance in terms of discipline-specific understandings. Of particular interest is the pre-service teacher education context, in which the ‘students’ are expected to transition into the teacher role and transform their own learning experiences into pedagogy for their own young students.
This seminar will be available live online at http://webconf.ucc.usyd.edu.au/seminar-room2/
Education Building (A35)
T: 9351 2612
Jennifer Way is a researcher in effective pedagogies for mathematics education, with particular interests in educational technologies and the role of motivation and engagement in student learning. As Director of the national Primary Mathematics Project for the University of Cambridge and the Royal Institution of Great Britain in England (1998–2000), a key role was to further develop the NRICH Mathematics website and research its impact on mathematics learning and teaching.
A major research and development achievement has been the design and development of numerous multimedia learning objects to promote mathematics engagement and learning in Australian and New Zealand schools, through the federally funded project - The Learning Federation (DEST 2002-2006).
Subsequent contributions have been made to projects focused on the pedagogically sound use of digital technologies, including the national online-resource initiatives Teaching Teachers for the Future (2011) and Top Drawer Teachers (2012). Two recent ARC Linkage projects, with colleagues, have focused on working with teachers on influencing the motivation and engagement levels of their students.
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