PROMO - Promoting teacher students’ 21th century learning and interaction skills with collaborative ICT tools

Teacher education and master's programmes are challenged as they are confronted with questions such as: What kinds of strategies and skills are learners developing? What are they learning in their interaction with ICT tools? Which opportunities for learning and work do ICT tools afford in and across different knowledge domains? How are schools aligned to the conditions for learning and teaching that the use of digital tools promotes today?

These questions among others, ask about the types of learning skills teacher educators and schools should be promoting in order to prepare people to the 21st century learning society (Saywer, 2006). Today, knowing how to learn and improving one’s learning skills are the key to the well-being of individuals and society (McLaughlin, 2008). In sum, one of the major challenges of today’s education is no longer about finding the best ways for knowledge delivery, but rather designing, developing and delivering environments, ICT tools and activities for learners to construct knowledge by engaging and inspiring them to learn

The project covers following main aims:

How can teachers or teacher students be supported for effective 21st century learning and interaction skills with use of collaborative ICT tools?

How can teachers or teacher students take advantage of the current introduction of mobile devices and social media into teaching and learning practices?

How to advance research methods for exploring learning and interaction in the context of teacher education?




Pirkko Hyvönen (PI)

Jari Laru PhD, Niina Impiö, Phd student, Essi Vuopala PhD student, Jenni Kaisto PhD student and Mia Kemppaala MA student

Last updated: 15.10.2013