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Teacher educators and OER in East Africa: Interrogating pedagogic change

Wolfenden, Freda; Auckloo, Pritee; Buckler, Alison and Cullen, Jane (2017). Teacher educators and OER in East Africa: Interrogating pedagogic change. In: Hodgkinson-Williams, Cheryl and Arinto, Patricia B. eds. Adoption and impact of OER in the Global South. Cape Town, South Africa: ROER4D, pp. 251–286.

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Abstract

This study examines the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) in six teacher education institutions in three contrasting East African settings – Mauritius, Tanzania and Uganda – all of which had previous engagement with OER initiatives. Drawing primarily on interviews with teacher educators, the study examines how and when teacher educators engage with OER, the factors that support and constrain sustained OER engagement, and the influence of such engagement on their teaching practice. It seeks to answer the following three research questions: What kinds of OER are teacher educators aware of and how do they access them? How and for what purpose are they using the OER? What intended and enacted pedagogic practices are associated with OER use?

The study takes a sociocultural approach, paying attention to the practices of teacher educators and the context and culture of the teacher education institutions within which they work, as well as the national policies relevant to these institutions. Surveys were sent to academic staff at each of the participating institutions who were, or had been, involved in curriculum development work involving OER. Male and female educators from different disciplinary backgrounds and with varying roles and periods of service within the institutions were targeted. From the respondents, selected individuals were asked to participate in semi-structured interviews concerning OER and their pedagogical practices. A total of 58 surveys were completed by teacher educators along with 36 in-depth teacher educator interviews and six institutional stakeholder interviews.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2017 ROER4D project
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
ROER4DNot SetIDRC/ UKAID
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport > Education
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Education Futures
International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Item ID: 52566
Depositing User: Freda Wolfenden
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2017 14:02
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2019 00:14
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/52566
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