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The Ecuadorian educational setting promotes teaching strategies that are still built upon
traditional educational models. The potential of new learning models and information technologies is
neglected and little interest is shown in including ICT as a catalyst to foster innovation of education
in general. This paper is about an Innovation Educational Program for elementary education in the
Santa Elena Peninsula in Ecuador. The project seeks to develop creativity, critical-thinking and
problem solving in primary school children with the support of ICT. A major part of the project is
focused on teacher training. The study monitors and follows teachers and pupils during a 6-year
period. In this paper part preliminary results of the teacher-focused studies are presented. This sub-project
focused on the analysis of video materials and surveys that research the current dominant
teaching - learning strategies adopted and promoted by teachers in the Peninsula Project.
Valcke, M. & Chiluiza, K. (2001). An In-Service Program for Ecuadorian Teachers. The Innovation of Elementary Education in the Santa Elena Peninsula Project. In J. Price, D. Willis, N. Davis & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2001--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1301-1306). Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).