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European Pedagogical ICT License

TEACHERS’ TRAINING ON THE PEDAGOGICAL


INTEGRATION OF ICT

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Evaluation of the pilot application in
Greece

George Tsakarissianos
Lambrakis Foundation

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EPICT Training Model
Major characteristics and pedagogical principles

• All themes of the course have a pedagogical rationale


• Course material: how to teach/learn about and with ICT
• School-based, in-service training: primary/secondary teachers
• Collaborative learning: team work to develop learning scenarios and
material
• Supported learning: online dialogue with the facilitator
• Blended learning approach: seminars, online collaboration
• Module contents: pedagogical material, supplementary articles, ICT-
skills exercises, manuals, assignments

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Pilot implementation in Greece


Group of trainees
• 75 school teachers [primary + lower secondary
education]
• Basic ICT skills [various levels of expertise]
• 19 school-based groups
• 54,2% female – 45,8% male
• 9 facilitators

Duration: December 2004 – June 2005


120 hours at least
(average 5-6 hours per week)

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Aims of the evaluation process


To identify:
• Effectiveness of the EPICT model
• in supporting school-based teachers’ training
• in promoting the ICT integration
• Factors affecting the successful integration in school
• Factors affecting successful completion of the EPICT
course
• Appropriateness of the EPICT material (structure,
content) in online training.

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The methodology of the evaluation


multi-method approach, quantitative and qualitative
research
surveys aimed at the training process and the learning
material

 The EPICT trainees’ questionnaire (online forms)


 Training model (effectiveness)
 Training material
 Semi-structured interviews
 Focus group

Laboratory of Comparative Education, International Education


Policy and Communication, Faculty Education, Univ. of Athens

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Theoretical framework

Variables to assess effective learning

•         Independent learning (active role)


•         Educational material (quality – efficiency)
•         Interaction (facilitator, student, content)
•         Peer-Collaboration (collaborative learning)
•         Support (tutor – facilitator)
•         System Management (organization, learning envir.)
• Satisfaction (expectations, needs)

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Variables – descriptive presentation of results

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Interaction and Collaboration

Questions reflecting the level of Interaction/Collaboration

1. I work with my team effectively


2. I learn many thinks through group work
3. The facilitator responds promptly to my
questions
4. I am given the opportunity to discuss my ideas
with members from other teams

Scale: 1 - 5

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Results (interaction – collaboration)

• 94% of the respondents state they are satisfied with


collaborative work

• 92% state they learned many thinks during this


collaboration – improved their skills

• 90% found positive the interaction with the facilitator

• the majority didn’t use the on line forum and mail


facilities to communicate with other teams.

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Personal Development
Questions reflecting teachers’ perception about personal development

3. I learned useful things for my work


4. I learn how to apply educational software packages
during my lessons
5. I study real cases related to my class
6. I am able to develop pedagogic scenarios using ICT in
teaching process
7. I would change my existing teaching practice to use
ICT in my lessons

Scale: 1 - 5
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RESULTS (Personal development)
• 83% state that they learn useful things for their
everyday work in school
• 78% state that they are able to develop pedagogic
scenarios integrating ICT
• 77% agree that they study real cases related to their
classrooms
• 73% state that they learn how to apply educational
software
• 69% state that they would change their existing
teaching practice VS 6% not change their existing
practices

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RESULTS (Personal development)

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Impact to teaching practice

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Highlights

• Training more relevant to school curricula


• Training more relevant to everyday practice in
schools
• Training: part of the school innovation process

►Teachers’ training is not sufficient to establish


innovative learning practices in schools

►Difficulties in translating in-service training in to


educational practices

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Conclusions

EPICT teachers’ training model:


• Effective in promoting pedagogical integration of ICT
• Effective in supporting school-based, in service
training
• More advanced, flexible and open-ended than other
professional development programmes
• Introduced collaborative learning in training practices
• Enabled teachers to play active role in the course
• Variety of learning resources

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