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This conference paper was originally published as Mantei, J, Using a design based research approach to explore the ways that primary school teachers conceptualise authentic learning: A work in progress, Proceedings of the Emerging Technologies Conference, University of Wollongong, 18-21 June 2008.


This paper reports on the use of design based research (Reeves, 2006) as an approach to conducting research for a doctoral thesis. The research explores the ways that teachers conceptualise authentic learning experiences for primary school children in response to consistent observations in the literature of the need for schools to change in an effort to meet the needs of modern learners. The research aims to report its findings from analysis of data gathered as early career teachers explore their professional identities in connection with a professional development model designed in response to themes emerging from the literature and collaboration with classroom teachers of more than five years experience. At the time of publication of this paper, the study was in Phase 3, the first iteration of the design.