Margaret Farren M.Ed. Phd

School of Education Studies, Dublin City University

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Home Masters Dissertations 2006 - 2010 How am I applying my learning from a Masters programme in e-learning to improve my practice as a Training Officer in a Government Department?

How am I applying my learning from a Masters programme in e-learning to improve my practice as a Training Officer in a Government Department?

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Abstract

This dissertation presents my ‘living theory’ (Whitehead 1989, Whitehead and McNiff 2006) of my professional development as a Training Officer in a Government Department. It results from a self-study that began with the question ‘how can I improve my practice?’ It accounts for my influence in my own learning and the development of my practice as I explored, through action research, how to integrate my learning from a part-time Masters programme in e-learning into my work context. It also accounts for my influence in the learning of others and the education of social formations through my creation and facilitation of an online professional development module for a group of trainer colleagues in various locations in Ireland.

The starting point for my research was the experience of myself as a ‘living contradiction’ (ibid.), simultaneously holding educational values and negating them in my practice. In my research account I show how I have moved in the direction of living my values more fully in my practice, by creating and facilitating the online module, and by sharing my learning and supporting other Training Officers to address their own professional development needs within a collaborative setting.

This dissertation represents an important part of my professional development as a Training Officer. I hope that it may also provide insights to others in similar contexts who are interested in how personal learning can be integrated within professional workplace practice, and how trainers may be supported through the use of collaborative online technologies to manage their professional development, and how organisations can develop readiness for distance learning mediated by an online learning environment.

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