I have long had an interest in pedagogical and instructional design models and the elements of them I have looked for, as evidence of their quality, has been guided by these questions:
- Does the model provide adequate scaffolding for a learning experience?
- What is considered most important, content or pedagogy?
- Are students’ getting the opportunity to demonstrate higher-order thinking skills?
- Is ICT considered as a supporting tool in the process and experience of teaching and learning?
- Is there room for flexibility, adaptability and differentiation?
- Is there room for student self-regulation to be facilitated and encouraged?
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When I consider pedagogical models, I consider all of these and more, often thinking of the NSW Quality Teaching Model. As a leader in technology integration in teaching and learning, I never consider pedagogical models without considering how it scaffolds ICT integration. Technology is still such a gimmick and there is still somewhat of a novelty to its use within the classroom, however, it is not always integrated with solid instructional design as its foundation. That is why my interest has been in models of pedagogical design and instruction that help provide that foundation that both encourages ICT integration and enables it in a smooth and undertaking way. My most frequently referred to pedagogical models are: TPACK, ADDIE model, the NSW Quality Teaching model, Bloom’s taxonomy, inquiry-based learning model and problem- or project-based learning models. I find each of these great foundational models for integrating ICT into pedagogy, for reasons outlined below.
TPACK – This model is comprehensive at outlining the connections between pedagogy and technology, between pedagogy and content, and between content and technology, as well as all three intertwined. It places content as the most important element in this pedagogical model and seeks to establish solid foundation in content and activities before technology interferes. Technology is seen as the supporting actor, the tool to enhance outcomes further.
Bloom’s Taxonomy – This model does not make suggestions as to how technology should be implemented in the model’s original format, however, the verbs offered in the model, suggest active ways that technology can be utilised. Students can create, analyse, synthesise and discover new knowledge with technology.
Inquiry-based learning model – This model has stages for creation and for discovery or investigation as well. Much can be discovered and investigated with resources available on the Internet. Reflection and discussion are also important features of Inquiry-based learning and can be facilitated through the integration of technology as well.
Problem-based learning model – A model that allows students room to self-regulate their learning and to utilise a number of technologies to assist them in solving a problem or developing a product. PBL connects students with real-world problems and audiences and leaves room for differentiation and flexibility as well.
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In the 21st century, students need to develop a certain set of skills: collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, and information fluency (Dede, 2010). We are said to be in the age of knowledge, the knowledge society, and this requires the development of “1. knowledge construction, 2. adaptability, 3. finding, organising and retrieving information, 4. information management, 5. critical thinking and 6. team work” (Anderson, 2008 in Voogt & Roblin, 2010, p. 1). Pedagogical models of the 21st century need to include these skills and need to integrate the mode in which 21st century learners most frequently learn and engage with new knowledge and information, which is technology. I think some pedagogical models cater well for that explicitly and some may only provide a shel from which to interpret the nature of ICT integration.
Dede, C. (2010). Comparing frameworks for 21st century skills. 21st century skills: Rethinking how students learn, 51-76.
Voogt, J., Roblin, N. P. (2010). 21st century skills. Discussienota. Zoetermeer: The Netherlands: Kennisnet.