Teachers’ experiences of using ICT in teaching practical skills in adult education
The aim of this research was to explore teachers’ experiences in using ICT (information and communication technology) as a pedagogical tool in the subject areas of craft education and home economics education in Finnish AECs (Adult Education Centres). We focused on teachers’ experiences of using ICT in teaching practical skills in these two subjects. Based on a sociocultural approach, teachers’ experiences were examined from the perspective of embodied, material and social mediation. The data were gathered just before the COVID-19 pandemic via an open online survey. There were 34 respondents from several parts of the country. The data were analysed according to the three categories of mediation revealing the benefits and restrictions of using ICT. Some teachers had experienced that utilising ICT supported learning practical skills while the others did not find it very useful. All the teachers stressed the importance of using the senses (touch, taste, smell) in learning practical skills which the ICT did not allow. The results provide a starting point for reflecting on the situation that arose in March 2020 when the pandemic started.
Keywords: craft pedagogy, home economics pedagogy, adult education, ICT in teaching, learning of practical skills
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