Innovative teaching and learning in the 21st Century: the Teacher’s Perspective
Abstract: As Seymour Papert (1999) once proposed that the 21st century would require a shift from learners engaging with institutional procedures and directed teaching, to teachers and institutions engaging with the learner. 21st Century Skills demand that teachers recognize the new cultures of learning and engage with those cultures, as well as provide new types of opportunities for learning. This involves profound change in institutional practice and procedures, as well as in teaching curriculum and pedagogy. We need to rethink the role of the teacher and provide support for teachers to integrate new technologies for learning within communities and society through technology. To this end, the author explores experiments in the adoption and promotion of the following: community learning centers; project-based learning; cooperative learning, open educational resources; and cross-age multi-cultural grouping. Koehler & Mishra’s (2008) “sticky problem” of effective integration of the technology, pedagogy, and content knowledge (TPCK) provides some solutions.