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Mobile technologies in hospital schools: Innovative professional development to enhance the learning environment

Maor, D., Robinson, J.A. and McCarthy, A. (2016) Mobile technologies in hospital schools: Innovative professional development to enhance the learning environment. Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre/Murdoch University, Melbourne, VIC.

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Abstract

With over 5,000 students hospitalised each year in just one Australian hospital, mobile technologies offer a means for a large number of students to stay connected with their peers and engaged with their learning. Hospital schools are investing heavily in technology to support students and teachers, but state-of-the-art rethinking about pedagogy is required to effectively utilise mobile technology in this complex teaching environment where so many different factors and pressures are juggled. This project examines the impact of an innovative professional development program to transform teaching in the hospital context via the integration of mobile technologies with sound content and pedagogical knowledge. It highlights the importance of pedagogy-focused training alongside coaching in a collaborative group setting. The project illustrates what is possible with teachers, university researchers, hospital school leadership and students working together to enable an innovative, relevant and flexible program to be developed.

Publication Type: Report
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
Series Name: Report. Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre
Publisher: Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre/Murdoch University
Copyright: 2016 Young and Well CRC
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/31289
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