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Design of a Framework for Professional Development Programs for Teachers in the Use of Interactive Touch Screen

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K.G.S.K. Perera ,

SLIIT, Malabe, LK
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School of Natural Science, Faculty of Humanities and Sciences
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M. Wijesundara,

SLIIT, Malabe, LK
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School of Natural Science, Faculty of Humanities and Sciences
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I. Siriwardhena

SLIIT, Malabe, LK
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School of Natural Science, Faculty of Humanities and Sciences
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Abstract

Interactive Touch Screens (ITSs) are distributed in selected schools in Sri Lanka. Although, in these schools, selected teachers are trained on the use of the ITS, comprehensive training on the instructional strategies of ITS is yet to be provided. The objective of the study was to design and develop a framework for professional development programme (PDP) for teachers on the use of ITS. The sample of 31 teachers of an educational zone in the Colombo district was selected to test the methodology. Instruments for quantitative data collection were six scales and to collect qualitative data open-ended questions were used. Design Based Research (DBR) approach was made to evaluate the new methodology. DBR approach is characterized by analysis of the problem domain, design of the solution (intervention), iterative cycles of testing and refining the solution and finally reflecting on the whole process to arrive at design principles and inventing the solution. Intervention of this study was in terms of two professional development programmes on the integration of ITS in instruction. The results of the first intervention are presented in this paper. Analysis of data formed the feedback to design the revised PDP. The results of the study are the feedback to the proposed revisions to the next PDP. The feedback was to increase the time allocation of the PDP, provide more hands-on experience, demonstrate ITS-based instructional strategies related to different subject areas and conduct separate PDPs for non-ICT teachers.

How to Cite: Perera, K.G.S.K., Wijesundara, M. and Siriwardhena, I., 2020. Design of a Framework for Professional Development Programs for Teachers in the Use of Interactive Touch Screen. SLIIT Journal of Humanities and Sciences, 1(1), pp.49–61. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sjhs.v1i1.29
Published on 01 Dec 2020.
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