Thursday, January 15, 2009

A "learning revolution"? investigating pedagogic practice around interactive whiteboards in British primary classrooms.

Authors: Gillen, J., Staarman, J. K., Littleton, K., Mercer, N., & Twiner, A.


Research Design: Narrative

Type of Research: Qualitative

Problem: Strong claims have been made for the vale of Interactive Whiteboards (IWB) by both manufacturers and policy makers, however little research on how, if at all, they influence the established pedagogic practices, communicative processes, and educational goals

Purpose: The purpose of the article is to investigate how IWBs actually function as communicative and pedagogic tools in classroom interactions, how they are used by teachers to pursue their education goals and how they are used to build shared frames of reference and ‘common knowledge between teachers and pupils.

1. Ways in which the IWB functions as a communicative and pedagogic tool in the teacher–pupil interactions of the classroom.
2. Ways in which well-documented features of normal classroom interaction appear to be altered by the use of the IWB.
3. Ways in which the use of the IWB appear to encourage or discourage the active participation of children in the process of teaching-and-learning (or in any way to offer them new opportunities for participation).

4. The distinctive ways in which the IWB is used either to build a shared frame of reference between teacher and children or to build common knowledge amongst members of the class.

5. The extent to which potentially valuable affordances of the IWB are, or are not, used by teachers to pursue their pedagogic goals.

Hypotheses: No Hypotheses due to the fact that it is a qualitative paper.

Article Link


  1. I am unsure of how to link up the article for people to refer to it. If anyone can help me...please let me know!

  2. Hi Rachel,
    You will probably want to post your references in APA format and include the Digital Object Identifier (DOI®). That way, your classmates can find the article by pasting the DOI number into
    For example, your article (sans the nice html format - blocked in this blog comment) would include:
    Gillen, J., Staarman, J. K., Littleton, K., Mercer, N., & Twiner, A. (2007). A 'learning revolution'? investigating pedagogic practice around interactive whiteboards in british primary classrooms. Learning, Media, & Technology, 32(3), 243-256. doi:10.1080/17439880701511099
    Therefore, pasting 10.1080/17439880701511099 into the online DOI search form at returns the article source page (typically PDF).

  3. Thanks Frank!

    Where does the doi number come from?

  4. "Important Notes Regarding Use of DOIs:
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    - Most popular magazine & newspaper articles do not have a DOI assigned.
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    Since articles in PDF and/or retrieved from a database are final permanent record versions, do not include date of
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    Above from: