The relational nature of mentoring gifted children using desktop videoconferencing

Doctorate other than PhD

Lamont, Katrina. 2004. The relational nature of mentoring gifted children using desktop videoconferencing. Doctorate other than PhD Doctor of Education. University of Southern Queensland.

The relational nature of mentoring gifted children using desktop videoconferencing

TypeDoctorate other than PhD
AuthorLamont, Katrina
SupervisorForlin, Chris
Andrews, Dorothy
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Qualification NameDoctor of Education
Number of Pages228

The integration of technology into classrooms, the education of gifted learners, and the challenge this presents to classroom relationships as a result of engaging with computer technology are significant issues for teachers in this decade. The evolving paradigm of technology use, the deep learning of computer skills that students will require for future employment and how this can be incorporated into appropriate pedagogies for gifted learners also poses challenges for teachers. This thesis reports on a unique mentoring program that was developed to utilise desktop videoconferencing (DVC) technology and designed to specifically address these challenges. The study was undertaken in a large independent school (K-12) in New South Wales, Australia and involved six students and six teachers, none of whom had any previous experience of DVC or mentoring. The aim of the study was to investigate learning outcomes for teachers and gifted students. This study employed DVC as a didactic strategy over a 10-week period. The mentoring sessions of the cohorts and their post-mentoring interviews were evaluated using grounded theory methods of data gathering and analysis over a 2-year period. The findings demonstrated that the nature of learning during DVC could be constructed as an emergent theory, based on the teaching philosophies of the teachers and their goals for their students. Technical support, relational mentors and motivational tasks created supportive environments for DVC. Perseverance, enthusiasm and resilience enhanced the uniqueness of mentoring program. Several recommendations are also posited for further research.

Keywordsdesktop videoconferencing (DVC), gifted children, social theory, mentor, learning, education
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390405. Educational technology and computing
390411. Special education and disability
409999. Other engineering not elsewhere classified
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