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Title:The Practice Profile of Inquiry: Connecting Digital Literacy and Pedagogy
Author(s):Casey, Leo; Bruce, Bertram C.
Subject(s):Inquiry cycle
Digital literacy
John Dewey
Practice profile
Digital media
k-12 teachers
Elementary school teachers
Instructional method
Technology-enhanced learning
Abstract:This article elaborates on the Inquiry Cycle as an appropriate model of learning for the digitally enhanced classroom. Its goal is to provide a useful link between theory and pedagogic practice. This involves taking a new look at the concept of digital literacy. The authors propose a conceptual framework connecting classroom practices and elements of the Inquiry Cycle. This framework, including a specific definition of digital literacy in primary schools, draws on the theoretical work of Dewey from which the Inquiry Cycle is derived. The approach was developed and validated in a study of the teaching practices in eight Irish primary school classrooms reported here. A further outcome of this research, the Practice Profile of Inquiry, is introduced and discussed here. The authors propose this as a useful framework to connect instructional strategies and digital media in classroom practice. Furthermore, they suggest that the Practice Profile of Inquiry may be used as a tool to facilitate teachers as they plan projects and classroom activities to optimise learning.
Issue Date:2011
Publisher:Symposium Journals, a division of wwwords Ltd, PO Box 204, Didcot, Oxford OX11 9ZQ, United Kingdom,
Citation Info:Casey, Leo, & Bruce, Bertram C. (2011). The practice profile of inquiry: Connecting digital literacy and pedagogy. E-Learning and Digital Media, 8(1), 76-85.
Series/Report:E-Learning and Digital Media
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Sponsor:Research & Development Committee of the Department of Education and Science, Ireland
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-03-28

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