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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 5, No. 5 (2009) open journal systems 


Using ICTs in Teaching and Learning: Reflections on Professional Development of Academic Staff

Markus Mostert, Rhodes University, South Africa
Lynn Quinn, Rhodes University, South Africa


Abstract
Focussing on professional development of academic staff as higher education practitioners, this paper reports on the relationship between ICTs and teaching and learning in higher education, and on the way that that relationship plays out in a formal staff development course offered at Rhodes University, South Africa. The Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPCK) framework developed by Mishra and Koehler (2006) is used as a theoretical lens for demonstrating the undesirability of an unnatural separation of ICTs from teaching and learning in dominant discourses within institutional and national environments. The paper concludes by highlighting some implications of the TPCK framework for staff developers and curriculum design in higher education.


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