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Title: "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink" : delivering IT-based CPD is great when it goes well : what makes it go well, and whose fault is it when it goes wrong?
Author: Porter, Carol
ISNI:       0000 0004 2717 1045
Awarding Body: Manchester Metropolitan University
Current Institution: Manchester Metropolitan University
Date of Award: 2012
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This thesis aims to explore the nature of 'power' in ICT-related CPD activities that focus on introducing and developing use of learning platform technologies in primary classrooms. I am interested to identify what makes such training activities go well, so that this knowledge can be used to ensure that the process is successful more often. In this context, success is regular use of the LP and VLE to enhance teaching and learning. Through this thesis I will present the background for my research in the context of government papers as well as published research papers. I will then discuss my research choices; namely, a poststructural paradigm, case study methodology within an action research approach, data collection by participant observation, and thematic analysis of the data analysis, supported by deconstruction. I will then present and analyse the data generated by the research. Finally, I will offer conclusions regarding the nature of power in ICT -related CPD, suggesting that knowledge is not power, and that subject leaders with expert knowledge do not have a position of power in training discourses: power rests with the head teacher and the trainees; the trainer only gains power when it is given to them by the head teacher and trainees. Please note: the names of the authority, school and participants in this study have all been changed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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