Teacher Learning in Action Research - Insights from Information Technology (IT) Teachers in the Post-Graduate Diploma in Education Programme at the School of Education, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine



Teacher Learning, Classroom Action Research, Information Technology/Computer Science, Teachers


The Action Research course, as part of the Post-Graduate Diploma in Education programme for in-service teachers, is conceptualised as research where in-service teachers investigate a problematic issue in their classroom/school. Action research expects a shift from practitioner to researcher, a journey that is often difficult for teachers, and presents opportunities for formal and informal learning through participation in the course. Using purposive sampling, 19 Information Technology/Computer Science teachers were selected to explore their learning in a blended Action Research course. Data were collected from online cross-sectional surveys, with closed- and open-ended questions, and qualitatively analysed for common themes. Findings revealed teacher learning occurred through participation in learning activities leading to desirable learning outcomes, such as change in knowledge, beliefs and practices. Teachers seemed committed to the action research process, appeared motivated during their learning and indicated a desire to continue to do action research.  Four assertions about teacher learning are made, noting the importance of the learning environment in fostering teacher learning. Insights into teacher learning are useful for course lecturers, and recommendations are made to conduct further research into the teacher shift from practitioner to researcher.

Author Biographies

Vimala Kamalodeen, School of Education UWI St. Augustine

Dr.Vimala Kamalodeen is a Lecturer in Education (Mathematics/ Information Technology) at the University of the West Indies at St. Augustine. She completed her Doctor of Education at the University of Sheffield, UK in 2013. She has conducted an extensive number of workshops on behalf of the Ministry of Education and the UWI over the years in areas related to content and pedagogy and technology. Currently, she is the chair of the Mixed Methods International Conference in the Caribbean 2017.  Her special interests are in multi-modal game-based learning, collaborative research, mixed methods research and integration of technology in the classroom.

Michele Taylor, SoE, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine

Ms. Michele Taylor is a part-time Assistant Lecturer at the University of the West Indies St. Augustine. She is an experienced IT and Computer Science, and Chemistry Teacher for more than 20 years. She has been involved in and conducted a number of professional development workshops for teachers and schools. She is the co-author of the Hodder Education, ‘Log on to IT’, ‘Log on to IT for CSEC’ and ‘Interact with IT’ series. She has also co-authored an IT textbook specifically for Ghana entitled ‘ICT for Senior High Schools: Students’ Book’. She is one of the founders of ITTPN-Global as well as one of the Directors.