Using Wikis as a Teaching Tool for Novice Teachers – Pedagogical Implications

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.56059/jl4d.v9i2.638

Keywords:

wiki, teacher preparation, online collaboration

Abstract

The present study reports on research conducted on novice teachers’ use of wikis with their high school students. These teachers had been previously exposed to wikis as a collaborative learning tool during their teaching preparation programme. The aim was to explore whether their experience with wiki usage helped them in their teaching. Participants included fifteen novice teachers in their first year of teaching foreign languages in Albania, who held their teaching partly online during the school year 2020-2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Data collected through in-depth interviews include their own reflections. These reflections indicate that the use of a wiki at the university level helped them feel at ease in using wikis in their online teaching. The study proved the use of wikis to be a feasible means of online collaboration, which facilitated constructing new knowledge for their students. As a result, wikis provide a collaborative medium of technology integration into their teaching.

Author Biographies

Gerda Sula, University of Tirana

Gerda Sula is a lecturer and researcher in sciences of education at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tirana. She has been working in improving quality of education through individualised, engaging learning starting in early childhood and onwards. Her main field of interest is in professional learning of teachers. For several years she led initiatives on redefining teaching and learning making use of technology. Email: gerda.sula@unitir.edu.al 

Anila Sulstarova, University of Tirana

Anila Sulstarova has been a lecturer in the Department of Pedagogy and Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tirana since 2005. Dr. Sulstarova has mostly worked with children and adults who suffer from anxiety, learning disabilities; school phobias in children and adolescents; attachment psychopathologies and personality disorders. Email: anilasulstarova@gmail.com

Published

2022-07-19

How to Cite

Sula, G., & Sulstarova, A. (2022). Using Wikis as a Teaching Tool for Novice Teachers – Pedagogical Implications. Journal of Learning for Development, 9(2), 163–175. https://doi.org/10.56059/jl4d.v9i2.638

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Research Articles