Title: Determining factors in the European classroom with eTwinning when inquiry-based learning

Authors: Manuela Heindl

Addresses: Faculty Education, Technical University Dresden, Weberplatz 5, 01062 Dresden, Germany

Abstract: The European Commission supports online school projects such as eTwinning to handle the challenges of diversity in the classroom. A survey carried out in Austria answers the question "Which supporting and hindering elements do teachers notice when using eTwinning in the classroom?" The interviews were analysed by qualitative research using the methods of 'grounded theory'. eTwinning online projects are an invaluable tool for teachers to gain management competencies such as endurance, flexibility, time management and evaluation skills. They learn how to integrate new media and ideas into their inquiry-based learning lessons. Furthermore, they also need to self evaluate and gain from their colleagues, the headmaster or headmistress and their pedagogical surroundings.

Keywords: eTwinning; digital competencies; digital technologies; inquiry-based learning; primary schools; case study; online project.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTCS.2018.090962

International Journal of Teaching and Case Studies, 2018 Vol.9 No.2, pp.131 - 141

Received: 06 May 2017
Accepted: 31 Oct 2017

Published online: 23 Mar 2018 *

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