An exploration of factors influencing tertiary IT educators' pedagogies
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AbstractThis paper presents factors that influence and shape tertiary IT educators underpinning teaching philosophy. This work is the first part of a larger project investigating ways tertiary IT educators think about their teaching and develop their practice focusing on experiences and influences of technology, and the emergence of digitally based pedagogies. A qualitative grounded theory approach utilised semi structure interviews as the data source. Preliminary investigation identified four emergent themes from the data. The theme, 'pedagogical foundations' is explored in this paper. This theme provides details of tertiary IT educators' underpinning ideals, values and philosophy of teaching, grounded by thoughts, reflections and comments of their experiences. Exploring these ideas can improve the quality of teaching, better utilise new and emerging technologies, and nurture contemporary student-centred learning environments.