Exploring the perceptions of PGCE students regarding the potential utility of blogging for teaching and learning

Knoetze, Frederik Willem Matthys (2017-12)

Stellenbosch University. Faculty of Education. Dept. Curriculum Studies

Thesis (MEd)--Stellenbosch University, 2017

Thesis

ENGLISH ABSTRACT : In an era of increasing enthusiasm for digital and Internet-mediated educational practices, and their implications for social justice and access to education, there remains a sense of weariness amongst public school educators when it comes to the actual practice of digitally facilitated teaching and learning. Amongst the manyWeb 2.0 social and creative platforms that are being advocated; blogging for learning seems to offer a bridge from traditional to more digital pedagogies. Given the fundamentals of Halliday’s (1993) Language-based Theory of Learning, the question remains whether modern, South African teachers see the potential of blogging in their own educational practices. This study aims to explore pre-service teachers' perceptions of the utility of blogging for learning, with consideration of their professed understanding of the potential thereof compared to their own online writing over one year. To this end, working within a framework of integrated methodologies (layering Sociocultural Theory of Learning, Situated Theory of Learning, and Ecological perspectives of learning), a case study of the graduating class of Stellenbosch University's 2015 Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) programme was conducted. Data from a semi-structured survey is compared to participants' own blogging practices (as recorded via observation) and -posts (artefact analysis). Numeric and narrative participant data are analysed for significance and correlation. Findings are discussed and conclusions drawn from participants’ professed understanding and intentions compared to their actual blogging activities. Despite evidence of passive attitudes and consumption-focused practices in terms of online learning, data suggests developing possibilities of blogging for language and content learning. Avenues for further research are identified.

AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING : In 'n era van toenemende entoesiasme vir digitale en internet gemedieerde onderwyspraktyke en hul implikasies vir sosiale geregtigheid en toegang tot onderwys, blyk daar steeds 'n gevoel van traagheid onder openbare skoolopvoeders te heers wanneer dit kom by die werklike praktyke van digitaal gefasiliteerde onderrig en leer. Onder die vele Web 2.0 sosiale en kreatiewe platforms wat besing word; lyk dit of die skryf van blogs (ook genoem blogging) vir leerdoeleindes 'n brug van tradisionele tot meer digitale pedagogieë aanbied. Gegewe die grondbeginsels van Halliday (1993) se Taalgebaseerde Leerteorie, bly die vraag of moderne Suid-Afrikaanse onderwysers die potensiaal van blogging in hul eie onderwyspraktyke sien. Hierdie studie het ten doel om voordiens onderwysers se persepsies van die nut van blogging vir leer te ondersoek, met inagneming van hul beweerde begrip van die potensiaal daarvan, in vergelyking met hul eie aanlyn skryfwerk oor die tydperk van een jaar. Om dit te doen word 'n raamwerk van geïntegreerde metodologieë (Sosiokulturele Leerteorie, Gegewe Teorie van Leer en Ekologiese Perspektiewe van Leer) gebruik waarvolgens 'n gevallestudie van die graduerende klas van die Universiteit Stellenbosch se Nagraadse Onderwyssertifikaat (NOS) program in 2015 uitgevoer is. Data uit 'n semigestruktureerde opname word vergelyk met die deelnemers se eie blogpraktyke (soos aangeteken deur middel van waarneming) en publikasies (artefakanalise). Numeriese en narratiewe deelnemersdata word geanaliseer vir betekenis en korrelasie. Bevindinge word bespreek en gevolgtrekkings getrek uit deelnemers se beweerde begrip van en voornemens om blogs te gebruik, in vergelyking met hul werklike blog aktiwiteite. Ten spyte van bewyse van passiewe houdings en verbruiksgefokusde gebruike in terme van aanlyn leerpraktyke, stel die data voor dat die moontlikheid om te blog vir taal- en inhoudsleer aan die ontwikkel is. Moontlikhede vir verdere navorsing word geïdentifiseer.

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