Changing Landscapes: Rethinking technology practice in teacher education for the 21st century from an Early Childhood Context
Tuesday, March 30 1:30 PM-2:30 PM Location: Grande Ballroom B
Presider: Bryce Walker, National Institute for School Leadership, United States
Abstract: The early years of this century have seen the learning landscape change irrevocably. “Digital technology and learning processes have become interrelated entities” (Sorensen & Murchu, 2006), yet understanding of resulting learning phenomena remains incomplete and continues to evolve. Despite Friedman’s (2007) accusation that pervasive global changes have been ignored ‘while we were sleeping’, it is becoming clearer that educational ‘re-imaginings’ are providing evidence upon which traditional practice is transformed into 21st century policy and program improvement decisions. The Teachers for the Future initiative in Australia described a context within which 21st century teachers can be nurtured. Understanding the needs, capabilities, skills, and expectations of new cohorts of teachers is the first step. This paper describes the technology component of an early childhood research agenda providing current data to support 21st century teacher education philosophy, policy, and program improvement decisions.