‘So you can make it fast or make it up’: K–12 teachers’ perspectives on technology’s affordances and constraints when supporting distance education learning

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Kate Ames, Lois Ruth Harris, Joanne Dargusch and Corey Bloomfield. (2021) ‘So you can make it fast or make it up’: K–12 teachers’ perspectives on technology’s affordances and constraints when supporting distance education learning. The Australian Educational Researcher. 48, p. 359–376. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13384-020-00395-8
AuthorsKate Ames, Lois Ruth Harris, Joanne Dargusch and Corey Bloomfield
Abstract

This paper examined Australian distance education teachers’ perspectives about how they drew on technological tools to support their primary and secondary students’ learning. Via two focus groups (n = 9, n = 7), teachers identified that technology greatly assisted them in relation to developing relationships with students and families, creating interactive lessons, differentiating learning, providing quality feedback, and connecting peers. However, they also reported experiencing ongoing challenges and constraints related to gaining technology expertise, overcoming technology faults, and coping with additional accountability. Data made it clear that teacher use of technology was driven by specific student needs and that teachers drew heavily on both core pedagogical knowledge and technological pedagogical content knowledge. Findings suggest the need for more distance education specific professional development to ensure that teachers have the knowledges needed to support diverse learners in this context.

KeywordsTeacher engagement; Distance education; Diversity; Online learning K–12; School-based learning; Teaching strategies
Year2021
JournalThe Australian Educational Researcher
Journal citation48, p. 359–376
PublisherSpringer
ISSN0311-6999
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s13384-020-00395-8
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85085072456
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