Article Critique Written By Wood, R And Ashfield, J. (2008)
Wood, R. & Ashfield, J. (2008). The use of the interactive whiteboard for creative teaching and learning in literacy and mathematics: a case study. Br J Educ Technol, 39(1), 84-
This paper aims at critiquing an article written by Ruth Wood and Jean Ashfield on the use of interactive whiteboards in a bid to enhance creative teaching and learning in literacy and mathematics. This piece will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the article’s three parts; that is, the introduction, the methodology, and the conclusion. The main aim of this critique is to evaluate its usefulness to the tutors and the learners, especially in an era when the mode of learning and …show more content…
The article uses a case study approach in the collection of information. Wood and
Ashfield (2018) argue that “a case study was considered to be the most appropriate approach, as this study responds to ‘how’ and ‘why’ research questions” (p. 89). Their choice of methodology indicates that the topic of study relates to a real life situation, an approach that could allow them to develop a theory from the collected data that was used. The choice of a grounded theory approach indicates that the article was meant to improve the quality of education in various places. The article used the observation method to collect much of its data as most of it was qualitative in nature. Five observation points were identified since the study was not aiming to make any general conclusions about a group of people.
Recording of data was done using audio recording and taking of notes to allow for easy analysis. Each researcher made his or her own remarks on the collected data independently to allow for triangulation of the results. To facilitate triangulation “both researchers recorded field notes independently of one another” (Wood & Ashfield, 2008, p.
89-90). The triangulation allowed in this article indicates that the research methodology …show more content…
The follow up discussions were a clear, an indication of the professionalism of the research. The methodology indicates the usefulness of this article to the education sector, generally.
The conclusion of this article highlighted the authors’ views on the findings of the research. They gave positive views about the research question in which case they approved that the interactive whiteboards enhance learning and teaching in mathematics and literacy.
They maintain that “aspects of direct teaching such as explaining, modelling, directing and instructing are all facilitated by the IWB” (Wood & Ashfield, 2008, p. 94). The conclusion gives a clear insight into the research topic. Much of the findings were explained in this section to allow any reader to understand the researcher’s intentions. The authors gave their views on the observations they made during the collection of data, and they gave their view on creative teaching and learning while leaving the study open for opinions. Moreover, the conclusion allows for more research on the issue of education technology, as the authors say:
“professionals in education need to consider the potential and evolution of ICT and engage