• Anders Breinholt Sørensen
4. term, Information Science, Master (Master Programme)
The subject of the thesis is integration of digital technologies in learning environment and how the use of such technologies may be strengthened. The focus on the establishment, integration and implementation of new didactics and pedagogy regarding digital technologies in learning may be conceived in at least three different levels: The micro level, where focus is on the interaction between people in the learning environment, the meso-level, where focus is on organization and management at the local level, and the macro-level, where focus is on the institutional setting and its context.

The thesis primarily address the meso-level and micro-level. At the meso-level emphasis is on organisations at the municipality level and their possibilities for supporting the establishment and development of ict-integrated learning environments. At the micro-level – although micro-level in a meta-perspective - emphasis is on the investigation of professionals within teaching and their ways of communication and exchange of ideas using the social media regarding integration of digital technologies.

Standing on a foundation rooted in research within the tradition of the dialogical constructivist pedagogical approach, I assume that a complex combination of special skills are required for the teacher, in order to facilitate a successful integration of digital technologies in a learning environment. Inspired by the literature in that research area, I define and denote such skills as “merger-of-competence” (in Danish; fusionskompetence), which I broaden to encompass what I refer to as the ‘collaborative improvisation competence.

Having defined the “merger-of-competence”, I then analyze two dialogues in two online discussion fora hosted by two separate social media. The analysis may be perceived as a measure of the teacher’s readiness with regard to the “merger-of-competence”. On that basic, I form a concept for the teacher’s zone of proximal development regarding development of their “merger-of-competence”

From there I focus on the local organization and the opportunities of the management to strengthen that special competence in a strategic perspective. Finally, I brings together all the threads in a conceptual description of how teachers, may be supported in the development of their “merger-of-competence”.
Publication date31 May 2013
Number of pages69
External collaboratorVesthimmerlands Kommune
Konsulentteamet , Børne- og Skoleforvaltningen anbs@vesthimmerland.dk
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