Technology Integration in a Private School in Lahore
By: Yasira Waqar
Published: 02/08/2012
Uploaded: 10/31/2017
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Pockets: 2012 (February) Teachers College Columbia University Ed.D. Dissertations, Gottesman Libraries Archive, Historical Dissertations
Tags: institutions, learning technology, schools, standardized test

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Description/Abstract: The rapid pace of change in society has imposed a pressing need for reform in educational institutions around the world. One focus of reform in education has been on measuring improvement in student learning which is measured by standardized tests. Jonassen et al. (2008) makes this point when he says, “unfortunately, the nature of the task that so many students most commonly experience in schools is completing standardized tests” (pg.2). In the knowledge and information age the schools need to respond to changing learners’ needs and students need to learn meaningfully by becoming involved in meaningful tasks. Revising the curriculum as well as the method of teaching are some things which need to be considered by schools as they plan the change process. The complexity of the change implies that a paradigm shift needs to be made from a focus on teaching to a focus on student learning. Students need to be engaged in complex, co operative, active and intentional learning so that they are involved in meaningful learning and technology in schools can be used for such a learning to take place (Jonassen, 2008).

Even though students are able to answer test questions on the standardized tests, still deep understanding of the problems does not develop as can be seen in some of the solutions given by students (Wiggins & McTighe, 1998). Hence standardized tests may not measure student learning accurately and teaching practices which focus on good performance on standardized tests do not always lead to deep learning of the subject.