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Teachers’ perspectives on professional development in the use of SCL approaches and ICT: A quantitative case study of Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) has carried out a curricular reform since 2000 to introduce Student Centered Learning (SCL) as well as the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). To meet the demands of this reform, UEM has introduced professional development training for teachers. The Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) model was used as a theoretical framework to design the training and to evaluate how, if at all, professional development training has changed the pedagogical practice. This quantitative study has its focus on teachers who in a period of 3 years followed the training. 147 teachers returned a questionnaire, from which 92 who used SCL and ICT for teaching and learning purposes - were selected for this study. Results indicate that professional development has an impact on teachers' beliefs and practices. It supports the shift from traditional teacher-centered instruction to SCL. Teachers who attended the training are more likely to use ICT and SCL. They got a different perception of the impact of professional development on their day-to-day work and the lives of students. In addition, teachers who participated and used ICT believe that ICT contributes to changes in students’ learning outcomes and the quality of educational processes.

Keywords [en]
Professional development, Teacher Training, Pedagogy, TPACK, Higher Education, Developing Country
National Category
Computer and Information Sciences
Research subject
Computer and Systems Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-167174OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-167174DiVA, id: diva2:1297812
Available from: 2019-03-21 Created: 2019-03-21 Last updated: 2019-03-29Bibliographically approved
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1. The role of ICT in the shift towards student-centred learning in higher education: Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique: A case study
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The role of ICT in the shift towards student-centred learning in higher education: Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique: A case study
2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Over recent decades, there has been a significant rise in the use of information and communication technology (ICT) and a greater emphasis on student-centred learning (SCL) in higher education all over the world. The introduction of ICT- and SCL-based approaches is intended to improve the quality of teaching and learning to better prepare students for the 21st century workplace. Despite the curricular reform initiated in the early 2000s which involved the introduction of ICT and SCL, teachers continued to use traditional teaching methods, and ICT played a secondary role in teaching and learning. The current research study uses four different theoretical frameworks and models to explore and analyse the use of ICT in combination with SCL to improve teaching and learning practices at Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), Mozambique.

An interpretative research approach was used to examine the introduction of a new pedagogical model with support for ICT for teaching and learning. Action research to introduce pedagogical innovation and the use of a case study to analyse the process of curricular reform were the overall research strategies, and the aim of this was to gain a better understanding of the impact of SCL and ICT on the lecturers and on changes to teaching and learning methodologies across the University. Data were collected using a combination of interviews (37 students and 24 lecturers from UEM, and managers, ICT and distance education experts from six different universities), questionnaires (66 students and 104 lecturers from UEM, and managers, ICT and distance education experts from 13 different universities including UEM), observations, and workshops with students and lecturers.

The findings showed that the adapted flexibility-activity framework can combine any teaching and learning methods and strategies, with a focus on a student-centred approach, depending on the learning competency and learning objectives that students are expected to develop. This research study contributed to the design of new curricula within an integrated ICT and SCL, as well as a desirable instructional design of the courses that is appropriate to the UEM context. The research study also analysed several factors drawn from different frameworks of pedagogical innovation using ICT, and identified further factors that have been implemented and have contributed to improving teaching and learning at UEM. Key factors include institutional policies, ICT infrastructure, access, pedagogical approaches, and partnerships with the public and private sector, and these have contributed to the effectiveness of SCL and ICT education. It is shown that the particular interests of the teacher and students are the primary factor in the successful implementation of SCL and ICT. Moreover, the findings contribute to the design and implementation of new training and professional development, based on technological pedagogical and content knowledge (TPACK) principles and on contributions from lecturers and pedagogical coordinators from several higher education institutions in Mozambique. Despite the changes that are taking place at UEM, the allocation of incentives by the institution at faculty and school level and the engagement of the teachers remain factors constituting a barrier to effective implementation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University, 2019. p. 140
Series
Report Series / Department of Computer & Systems Sciences, ISSN 1101-8526 ; 19-006
Keywords
ICT, student-centred learning, pedagogical innovation, educational models, factors in ICT implementation, professional development, higher education, developing countries
National Category
Computer and Information Sciences
Research subject
Computer and Systems Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-167236 (URN)978-91-7797-658-5 (ISBN)978-91-7797-659-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2019-05-21, Lilla hörsalen, NOD-huset, Borgarfjordsgatan 12, Kista, 14:00 (English)
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Note

At the time of the doctoral defense, the following paper was unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 5: Manuscript.

Available from: 2019-04-25 Created: 2019-03-22 Last updated: 2019-06-11Bibliographically approved

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