Teachers' knowing how to use technology: exploring a conceptual framework for purposeful learning activity

Tony Fisher, Tim Denning, Chris Higgins, Avril Loveless

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Abstract

This article describes a project to apply and validate a conceptualframework of clusters of purposeful learning activity involving ICTtools. The framework, which is based in a socio-cultural perspective, isdescribed as ‘DECK’, and comprises the following major categories ofthe use of digital technologies to support learning: distributed thinkingand knowing; engagement; community and communication; andknowledge building. Small-scale research to test the framework wascarried out with 12 teachers in English primary and secondary schools.The methods involved mind mapping, ‘think aloud’ procedures andinterviews. The framework was modified in the light of teachers’responses and offers a way of describing and thinking about the diverseuses of digital technologies to support learning in various contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-325
Number of pages19
JournalCurriculum Journal
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Aug 2012

Keywords

  • DECK framework
  • ICT
  • mind maps
  • socio-cultural
  • teaching and learning

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