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Researching interactive whiteboard (IWB) use from primary school to university settings across Europe: an analytical framework for foreign language teaching

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This paper reports on the development of an analytical framework for the observation and analysis of interactive whiteboard (IWB) use in the foreign language (FL) classroom. Developed from existing classi cations of IWB activity in generic educational contexts (e. g., Armstrong et al. 2005; Bennett and Lockyer 2008; Hennessy et al. 2007), the instrument constitutes a new tool for analysing IWB use specifically in FL teaching and learning. It is based on empirical data collected during a large-scale collaborative project on the IWB in second language teaching and learning, which followed 44 teachers of six languages in seven countries to obtain class video recordings and participant commentary for a website supporting language teachers in integrating the IWB in communicative teaching practice. The paper outlines the process of developing the coding instrument to analyse three main aspects of IWB use: participant configuration, IWB tools and features, and language teaching objectives, providing de nitions and examples of each item. The instrument is then applied to the dataset of over 250 video clips of FL teaching with the IWB, providing a detailed overview of teachers' use of this technology across educational contexts in Europe. The classification system adopted in the study thus offers a new framework for the analysis of IWB use in language teaching, which adds to the existing body of literature on the use of interactive technologies in general education, and constitutes a tool for language teachers, trainers and researchers to investigate classroom practice in other contexts.
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Keywords: CLASSI CATION; INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARD; IWB; MFL

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2014-10-01

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  • Publisher's announcement: please be aware that the publication The Welsh Journal of Education (ISSN 0957-297X) changed the name to Cylchgrawn Addysg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Journal of Education (ISSN 2055-1002) recently. This change is not affecting the archive and you can still find older issues of the publication under this new title.

    Previously published under the title The Welsh Journal of Education, this internationally-distributed annual journal offers an arena for disseminating education research from national and international perspectives. The journal explores a range of controversial arguments relating to education, including areas such as bilingualism, religion in education, well-being and the standards of literacy and numeracy. The contemporary drive for improved education standards, within Wales and internationally, provides a wealth of interdisciplinary research opportunities, and the journal aims to publish research reports relating to these current issues. The journal also includes a comprehensive reviews section.

    Mae'r cylchgrawn blynyddol hwn, a adwaenid gynt fel Cylchgrawn Addysg Cymru, yn trafod agweddau datganoledig ar addysg, ynghyd ag ymdrin ag addysg o safbwynt cenedlaethol a rhyngwladol. Wrth ymhel â materion cyfoes yn ymwneud ag addysg, mae'r drafodaeth yn amlinellu safbwyntiau dadleuol ynghylch dwyieithrwydd a chrefydd yn ogystal â safonau llythrennedd a rhifedd. Mae'r ymdrechion i wella safonau addysg yng Nghymru a thu hwnt yn esgor ar feysydd ymchwil newydd, a bwriad y cyfnodolyn yw cyhoeddi erthyglau cryno yn ymdrin â materion cyfredol o'r fath. Mae'r cyfnodolyn hefyd yn cynnwys adran adolygiadau.
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