I’m so happy about the publication of this paper! Sometimes you have the change to publish something that you really think that matters =)
Early Childhood Student Teachers’ Observation and Experimentation of Creative Practices as a Design Processes
In this paper, we address the guidance of student teachers in initial training in schools as an invaluable opportunity to raise creative learning awareness. The objective of this present research is to develop guidance strategies for guiding the identification of creative practices and for analyzing that moment as a “way of knowing”. We analyze how to mentor future teachers so they feel willing to promote student engagement and creative thinking through their own practices. We adopted a case study approach guided by multimodal principles. We found that triangulation of individual interviews, focus group discussions and a diary of class observation was a useful strategy in the guidance of student teachers in initial training in schools. Results show these strategies allowed them to become more accepting of unpredicted or undesired results, as they approached their sessions’ designs as forms of experimentation. We argue it is essential to guide future educators in the critical analysis of the “standard classroom”, helping them design creative alternatives through collaborative experimentation.
DE OLIVEIRA, J., GALLARDO-ECHENIQUE, E.. Early Childhood Student Teachers’ Observation and Experimentation of Creative Practices as a Design Processes. Journal of New Approaches in Educational Research, Alicante , 4, jul. 2015. Available at: <http://naerjournal.ua.es/article/view/v4n2-2>.
Glad to share new paper accepted for publication =)
Gallardo-Echenique, E., de Oliveira, J. M. Marques, L., esteve, F. (2015 – in press). Digital Competence in the Knowledge Society. Merlot journal of online learning and teaching. Accepted for publication
New Information and Communication Technologies such as the Internet, online gaming worlds, artificial intelligence, robotics and 3D printing require new literacies. In recent years, digital competence has become a key concept in discussions on the kind of skills and understanding learners need in the Knowledge Society. The concept has been interpreted in various ways (e.g. Digital Literacy, Digital Competence, eLiteracy, e-Skills, eCompetence, Computer literacy, and Media literacy) in policy documents, in the academic literature, and in teaching, learning and certification practices. In this paper we review the literature on digital competence and related terms. This review of 73 articles published between 1990 and 2014 shows that digital competence is a multi-faceted concept that has emerged from several backgrounds. Not yet a stable concept, there are still no clear guidelines for evaluating it. While some perceive digital competence as the technical use of ICT, others define it more broadly as knowledge application or 21st century skills.
Keywords: digital literacy, digital competence, multiliteracies, literature review, integrative review
I went to ITworldedu7 yesterday and today and it was such a pleasure to listen to people like Roger Blamire, Richard Gerver, Jordi Adell and Boris Mir. They gave us some food for thought that we will now have to “digest” and translate into real practices.
Something that all these people have said to us is that the tool is not the answer, technology won’t transform education. Educators will. There is actually no correlation between the presence of technology in schools and its use. We should be looking for pedagogies that personalize and produce authentic collaborative learning. The problem is that most of us have not been trained to think, but to give the right answer to questions. And it is often the case that we use that same model with the people we educate as parents or teachers. It is also true that there is now as much pressure as never before on teachers, who hardly survive their jobs. Not many really have the push to innovate.
There are more expectations on schools nowadays. In the past kids went to school to learn maths, language, history, science… Today most people expect schools to help kids be happy, develop self-confidence, resilience, choose a healthy diet, be respectful and, of course, digitally literate. It may well be that many teens are actually learning more out of schools than in schools. It is urgent to overcome a pedagogical tradition of knowledge delivery. In active learning approaches the teacher does not deliver knowledge, the learner constructs knowledge. What is more, teachers become learners too. Hard as it may sound for content lovers, it is note about what kids learn any more: it is about how they learn. It is possible (and arguable) that what they learn is virtually irrelevant…
We have to re-think the role of teachers and apply deeper learning approaches. But, wait a minute! It is not like you change one peace and the rest of the building stays untouched. That is precisely what many initiatives of tech introduction in education have tried to do: add technology as if it was an innocent ingredient. In education, if you add or remove something, I think, you have to rethink the entire process: roles, methodology, assessment… This is really a challenging job and here is the fun: we like it!
As Richard said, lets act as professionals: professionals do not stop at problems, they solve them. Thanks ITworldedu panel speakers and key notes for the inspiring ideas. It was a real pelasure listening to you!
This morning the first mail was of good news: a paper my colleague and friend Eliana had been working for a long time was finally accepted for publication. It is so cool to see the work you have done become public. Sharing is an important part of the job and a very important one if we are talking about improving our won teaching and teacher education too. I will leave you with the abstract and add the reference to my list of publishing as soon as it is available.
Early childhood student teachers’ observation and experimentation of creative practices as a design processes.
Janaina Minelli de Oliveira, Eliana E. Gallardo-Echenique
Accepted for publication =)
In this paper, we address the guidance of student teachers in initial training in schools as an invaluable opportunity to raise creative learning awareness. The objective of this present research is to develop guidance strategies in the identification of creative practices and in the analysis of that moment as a “way of knowing”. We analyze how to mentor future teachers so they feel willing to promote student engagement and creative thinking through their own practices. We adopted a case study approach guided by multimodal principles. We found that a triangulation of individual interviews, focus group discussions and diary of class observation was a useful strategy in the guidance of student teachers in initial training in schools. Results show these strategies allowed them to become more accepting of unpredicted or undesired results, as they approached their sessions’ designs as forms of experimentation. We argue it is essential to guide future educators in the critical analysis of the “standard classroom”, helping them design creative alternatives through collaborative experimentation.
I am thrilled to share here this new stage of my academic career: I am an Associate Teacher, Profesor Agregado. I am proud of the work I’ve done so far, but especially grateful to my colleagues from my research group ARGET, my colleagues at the Faculty of Education and Psychology, and my students.
I would like to share the presentation I made to the assessment commission. I will go on working with the same or greater happiness. I love my work in general and teaching in particular. I do not understand teaching as something dissociated from research, and I cannot think of research that does not produce teaching improvement. In ARGET and CLict, I will continue contributing with my vision of education: learning as representation and representation and learning. I do my professional activities at the intersection of education, technology and social semiotics, being interested in anything that can make this world a better place to learn, live and love.
The temptation to see the educational landscape of the digital age as presenting us with communication practices that redefine social relations is powerful. In classrooms and at home, in institutions and in private, in the professional and personal spheres, in static/designed learning spaces or on the go, or locally and globally, people can now interact more often, faster, with more people at once. They can interact through different media and making use of more modes of communication. In such an all-encompassing context, educators are challenged to make sense of the participation, interaction and collaboration practices that are pushing us forward. Thanks to digital technology, there are emerging models of knowledge construction taking place. Teaching and learning practices and knowledge production are interdependent processes, though we do not always acknowledge that in our everyday educational experiences.
This is the word cloud of the paper we have just presented for the call for papers: New learning scenarios from a transformative perspective. From global approaches to local proposals.
Fingers crossed for this one! It is an honor to co-author a paper with these guys: Danah Henriksen, Linda Castañeda, Marta Marimon, Elena Barberá, Carles Monereo, César Coll, Jabari Mahiri, Punya Mishra =)
This paper presents an investigation developed under the framework of an initiative of teaching innovation in which pedagogical practices are restructured targetting a challenge: to provide future kindergarten teachers conditions for their own creativity to flourish. Our reasearch questions are: Can we make teacher education at the university following the creative spiral proposed by Resnik ( 2007)? and What difficulties will we face? The main difficulty identified so far is the tension created by the existence a previously detailed teaching planning and the changes of activity order or adition of new activities to adpt the sessions to the creative spiral. The data obtained so far, however, indicates that implementing the creative spiral or just keeping it in mind for the renewal of a previously prepared program is possible and it improves the motivation of both the teacher and the students.
Gallardo Echenique, E. E., de Oliveira, J. M., Lockhart, E., Francesc, E., Camacho, M., Jacas Osborn, A. E., & Del Prete, A. C. (2014). La espiral creativa en la formación de maestros: Dificultades y potencialidades. Comunicación/Poster presentado en el VIII Congreso Internacional de Docencia Universitaria e Innovación (CIDUI). Tarragona.