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The art of coaching: Addressing mobile technology integration in a complex hospital school environment

Maor, D.ORCID: 0000-0002-0743-4755, Mitchem, K. and Drewry, R. (2020) The art of coaching: Addressing mobile technology integration in a complex hospital school environment. Continuity in Education, 1 (1). pp. 83-97.

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This qualitative study examined the effects of a coaching program as part of a professional development effort to support integration of mobile technologies in a hospital school setting. The professional development consisted of two components: (a) the researchers introduced pedagogical models for incorporating mobile technology in education and (b) a technological expert (the iCoach) provided one-on-one and small-group personalized coaching. After studying the contextual challenges and teachers’ needs over a period of 12 months, an effective coaching model emerged. This was a personalized model geared to each teacher and tailored to the unique features of this hospital context. An integral part of the model was a reflection strategy, which encouraged teachers to question their teaching with the purposeful use of technology. Data collection involved teachers’ reflections, iCoach reflections, and semi-structured interviews. Many themes emerged from the data analysis; the two main ones were the uniqueness of the setting and the multiplicity of demands on the teachers and the iCoach. The study developed a set of guidelines to help teachers use technology in an integrated pedagogical way.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Education
Publisher: Ubiquity Press
Copyright: © 2020 Maor et al.
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