Davis, N.E. (2008). How may teacher learning be promoted for educational renewal with IT? In J. Voogt and G. Knezek (eds.), International Handbook of Information Technology in Primary and Secondary Education, (507–520) Amsterdam: Springer
Davis uses an ecological perspective to illustrate how educational renewal (progression, evolution) can be driven by teachers who use ICT tools effectively in their classrooms and schools. Davis describes a model that demonstrates the 'biosphere' of education and the differing levels of influence each layer has on educational practise.
An interesting paper that gives a wholistic view of how educational renewal can be initiated. It was good that the paper was able to give, in part, a New Zealand perspective. There were two aspects of this article that a pertinent to my research paper.
1. The place of multinationals (in my case Google and Microsoft) in educational renewal.
2. The place of motivated and innovative teachers in educational renewal.
In general this paper will help provide a grounded platform to work my research from.
Rogers, E.M. (2003). Chapter 6: Attributes of innovations and their rate of diffusion. In (author), Diffusion of innovations. Fifth edition. (219-266) New York: Free Press.
Rogers describes the reasons why certain new innovations have a quicker uptake by the populous than others. In short it is based on the public's differing perceptions of the worth (in multiple senses). Rogers breaks the attributes of perception into five catergories:
1. Relative Advantage
The case Rogers stated was easy to understand and made complete sense when considering the introduction of technological change within a school setting. Not only is this good background information but it also provides an instructional platform for the way to successfully 'sell' change to teachers. It all about perception.