Evaluating an Online E-module for Portuguese Primary Teachers: Trainees' Perceptions

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Author list: Pombo, L., Smith, M., Abelha, M., Caixinha, H., Costa, N.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles
Publication year: 2012
Volume number: 21
Issue number: 1
Start page: 21
End page: 36
Number of pages: 16
ISSN: 1475-939X
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


Abstract

The work reported in this article is part of a wider project that aims
to develop and implement a web-based, pan-European, in-service
professional development platform for teachers to enhance their role in
promoting education through science. This article aims to evaluate the
implementation of the e-module on Assessment of Children's Learning in
Primary Science, which was created at Bradford College (UK) and was
adapted to be trialled by Portuguese science teachers. The article (i)
evaluates the e-module in order to find facilities and constraints with a
view to improving it in future versions; (ii) analyses participants'
opinions concerning strategies explored, resources and their reflections
on their learning; and (iii) discusses the impact of the training on
teachers' professional development. Data was collected through three
different online questionnaires: (i) at the start; (ii) at the end of
the e-module; and (iii) one year after implementation of the e-module.
The results indicate that the majority of the teachers recognised that
the module promoted the development of new skills during the course,
such as ICT skills, which have an impact on classroom practice and
enhance their professional development both in the personal domain and
in the domain of practice. It was also recognised by both trainees and
tutors that the main advantage of using an e-learning platform was that
it enabled an adjustment to individual needs taking into account
different learning styles and rhythms. They also recognised the
importance of international dimensions of education; flexibility of
timetables; and collaborative work between peers.


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