Teacher Education in CALL   

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Chapter 12.  Training for Trainers:
Challenges, Outcomes, and Principles of In-Service Training across the Irish Education System

Angela Rickard, National University of Ireland, Ireland, and Françoise Blin and Christine Appel, Dublin City University, Ireland

In the Republic of Ireland, the Department of Education and Science oversees the management and evaluation of in-service training for teachers from the primary and post-primary levels. A top-down model of delivery of courses is normally adopted and designed to facilitate the introduction of educational policy or curricular change, and, since the mid-nineties, the use of educational technology in all subjects. In response to an overwhelming demand for in-service support in the area of CALL by language teachers from the primary, secondary and further education sectors, a new model of in-service teacher training programme was created for and with language teachers in Ireland. Aiming to model and to promote good practice in professional development as well as the successful integration of technology into the curriculum of six languages taught in Irish schools, the two-phase programme consisted of training 'trainers' who then delivered in-service courses to their peers according to the principles of learner autonomy, learner-centredness, constructivism and situated learning. Following an overview of the context of in-service teacher training provision in Ireland and of the design and implementation of the programme, this chapter discusses the issues that emerged from its formative evaluation and proposes principles for the organisation of CALL in-service training programmes.

References available online

National Centre for Technology in Education (NCTE). Available at http://www.ncte.ie.

OILTE. Available at http://www.oilte.ie.

Schools IT 2000 1997. Department of Education and Science. Available at www.oasis.gov.ie.


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