The Australian Digital Education Revolution

24 August 2011
Dr. Sarah Howard, University of Wollongong
Dr. Sarah Howard, University of Wollongong

The Australian Digital Education Revolution: The role of knowledge and technology practices in New South Wales secondary schools presented by Dr. Sarah Howard from University of Wollongong.

A central focus of educational technology research is their integration into classroom practices, across the numerous curricula. The research presented in this discussion brings together educational technology research with the sociology of knowledge, specifically Legitimation Code Theory (LCT).

LCT provides conceptual tools for analysing the features taken by knowledge practices, such as their degrees of 'semantic gravity' (context-dependence) or their relative emphasis on 'epistemic relations' (such as procedures) or 'social relations' (such as the dispositions of learners). LCT is used to explore the forms taken by educational knowledge to more fully understand the different ways technology comes to be integrated within different subject areas.

This discussion draws upon school data (e.g. questionnaire, interviews and focus groups) collected as part of an Australian federal technology initiative, the Digital Education Revolution, in New South Wales. Findings from this work reveal possible principles underlying teachers' practices, why some approaches to integration are successful, as well as implications for subject areas less likely to integrate technology.

Sarah Howard is a lecturer in ICT and Education at the University of Wollongong. Alumna of the Faculty's CoCo Research Centre, Sarah's research interests focus on technology-related educational change. Specifically, how teachers in different educational contexts understand technology integration in curriculum and teaching practice, and how these beliefs are related to school and disciplinary culture.

Currently, she works with the NSW Department of Education and Training (DET) to evaluate the Digital Education Revolution in secondary schools across NSW (2010-2012). In addition to working with NSW DET, she collaborates with academics from the University of Sydney and Florida State University to conduct school-based research on technology integration in the United States, South Africa and France.

This seminar is one of a series on the sciences and technologies of learning, brought to you by the Centre for Research on Computer Supported Learning and Cognition (CoCo).

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Time: 11am - join us for coffee from 10.45

Location: Rm 230, Education Building (A35)

Cost: Free

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