Being A Teacher in the 21st Century

A Critical New Zealand Research Study

  • Leon Benade

About this book


This book provides scholars, teacher educators, as well as reflective school leaders and teachers with valuable insights into what it is to be a teacher in the 21st century. It does so by presenting original research based on a study of several New Zealand schools between 2013 and 2015, and in particular, a focussed study of four of those schools in 2015.  

The book draws on the findings to take stock of some of the central manifestations of 21st-century learning, especially digital pedagogies and the collaborative practices associated with teaching and learning in modern learning environments. It reflects on the mental shifts and sometimes-painful transitions teachers and leaders are making and experiencing as they enter uncharted waters, moving from traditional classroom practices to ones that emphasise collaboration, teamwork and the radical de-centring of their personal roles. It outlines a blueprint for understanding how to navigate these changes, and describes and explains the nature of pedagogical shifts apparent in digital classrooms and modern learning environments.


Modern learning environments One to one devices Digital pedagogy E-learning Collaborative learning Modern teaching and learning practice Reflective practice 21st-century learning Education in New Zealand reflective school leaders rapidly changing school environments

Authors and affiliations

  • Leon Benade
    • 1
  1. 1.School of EducationAuckland University of TechnologyAucklandNew Zealand

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