ICT for ICT’s sake: Secondary teachers’ views on technology as a tool for teaching and learning

Adam Bertram, Bruce Waldrip

Abstract


This paper reports on a study that sought to explore the pedagogical reasoning behind the use of ICT in secondary teachers’ classes. In particular, it explored the question of whether their use of ICT was driven by pedagogical ideals for meaningful learning or whether they were using technology for other purposes. Eighteen teachers from two Australian regional secondary schools were asked how they currently use and integrate ICT into their regular curriculum practices and their reasons for so doing. This paper specifically takes an evaluative look at the pedagogical reasons behind teachers' attitudes, views and reasons for using ICT as a learning vehicle. The study revealed that ICT was largely being used for ICT’s sake rather than for any convincing or meaningful pedagogical purpose.


Keywords


ICT Education; Teacher Pedagogy

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