Implementing and Researching Technological Innovation in Language Teaching takes a case study approach to investigate the integration of the interactive whiteboard (IWB) into the teaching of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in French schools. The study highlights the advantages of collaborative action research for stimulating and supporting language teachers in innovative experimentation, and seeks to enhance our understanding of the challenges and opportunities inherent in this process. Utilising a framework which can inform further research into innovative practices with other interactive technologies, this book offers a research design and instruments suitable for assessing classroom adoption of the IWB. In this way, the study provides insights into general processes of technological innovation in language teaching and learning which is of relevance to further research and teacher development in today's new learning environments.
Shona Whyte is Associate Professor of English (Maître de Conferences) at Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, France. She has co-edited a book entitled Teaching Languages with Technology: Communicative Approaches to Interactive Whiteboard Use, and has published widely in a variety of journals on the subject of technology enhanced language learning.
Introduction PART I: RESEARCHING INNOVATIVE LANGUAGE TEACHING 1. Innovation in Language Teaching: Pedagogical and Technological Dimensions 2. Collaborative Action Research and Communities of Practice PART II: TEACHER BELIEFS: RESEARCHING VIEWS AND SUPPORTING CHANGE 3. Techno-pedagogical Choices in IWB-mediated Teaching Activities 4. Explaining Innovative Experimentation: Teacher Beliefs, Goals and Competences PART III: LEARNING TO IMPLEMENT INNOVATION: STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT 5. Starting Out - Early Stages of Technology Integration 6. Gaining Confidence - Developing a Technical Repertoire 7. Moving Forward - Towards Innovative Practice 8. Developmental Dimensions of Innovation Conclusion