Enhancing Learning in Pre-service Primary School Teachers Using Web 2.0 Applications at the Mauritius Institute of Education

By Avinash Oojorah and Waaiza Udhin.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Teacher development, a key issue today in teacher education, encompasses professional, personal, and social lifelong development of the practitioner. The Mauritius Institute of Education gains much to empower teacher networks to consolidate teacher development. In this context, Web 2.0 tools are very useful. It helps teachers maintain a critical link with their peers for the creation and sharing of educational resources. The implementation of a new course for pre-service primary school teachers is in line with web 2.0 philosophy: tapping of collective intelligence, sharing and collaboration. This course offers opportunities to pre-service teachers to become reflective practitioners through participatory technologies. This paper outlines pre-service teachers’ (mostly digital natives) attitudes towards participatory technologies and web 2.0 philosophy. It also investigates the dynamics with regards to the creation and sharing of educational resources. Questionnaires, virtual observations and students’ portfolios are the major sources of data for the purpose of this study.

Keywords: Web 2.0, Participatory Technologies, Teacher Development, Primary School, Lifelong Development

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 9, pp.199-210. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 833.519KB).

Avinash Oojorah

Lecturer in Distance Education, Centre for Open and Distance Learning, Mauritius Institute of Education, Reduit, Mauritius

Avinash Oojorah currently works at the Mauritius Institute of Education as a Lecturer in Distance Education. Oojorah has a Masters Degree in Computer Mediated Communication and Pedagogies, a degree in Sociology/Psychology, a Diploma in Mauritian Studies and a Diplome de Journalisme. Oojorah’s current job deals with creating and servicing e-learning platforms. Oojorah also conducts research in the field of e-learning and uses Open and Distance Learning material at grassroots level. Oojorah is also an active member of an NGO. Oojorah’s previous employments include being a primary school teacher and a senior community relations officer at ICAC.

Waaiza Udhin

Open and Distance Learning Assistant, Centre for Open and Distance Learning, Mauritius Institute of Education, Reduit, Mauritius

Waaiza Udhin currently works as an Open and Distance Learning Assistant at the Mauritius Institute of Education. Udhin possesses a Masters Degree in Computer Mediated Communication and Pedagogies and a bachelor degree in Textile Technology. Udhin has been working in the primary school sector as an educator and a resource in the ZEP capacity building project. Udhin has also been working as a part-time lecturer in communication at the University of Technology, Mauritius.

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