MEd Harv, BA Cant
Barbara's research interests include social and pedagogical implications of use of ICTs in formal educational and informal community settings. She is currently exploring the implications (for traditional ‘closed’ schools and for teacher professional development) of a national shared educational network with learning management systems to share teaching resources, shared technical expertise, websites to communicate with members of communities and collaboration through videoconferencing and other participatory technologies. Her research investigates both school-to-school and school-to-home learning networks to suggest how the internet and Web 2.0 technologies can sustain local communities and create new, global, opportunities.
In her work she challenges traditional models of the school and the organisation of learning. She is interested not only in measuring educational benefits but capturing also social and economic outcomes. Current research (Computers in Homes project) explores ICT and community development, through developing adult literacy and computer literacy training and providing home access to digital technologies in low-income and /or remote communities in New Zealand and the Pacific. The research approach she takes is participatory community-based research. The foci of her work with UNESCO are programmes under the ICT4D (ICT for development UNESCO programme) and literacy projects. She is also a member of the UNESCO Diversity Forum promoting intercultural understanding in schools and communities.
Learning Networks for Sustaining Communities (book with Ken Stevens).
Computers in Homes Research Project: 2010–2012. Funded by Community Lottery Board to develop robust measures of social and economic inclusion.
Stepping Up Project: 2009–2011. Funded by Microsoft New Zealand to investigate digital literacy training.
Computers in Homes Evaluation Project: 2010–2013. Funded by Department of Internal Affairs.
Wellington Loop Project: 2007–2009. Funded by Community Partnership Fund under the New Zealand Digital Strategy to evaluate an interschool network initiative.
Jessie Hetherington Centre for Educational Research, Victoria University of Wellington.