ERIC Number: ED421124
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Organizational Culture and the Classroom Integration of Computer-Mediated Communications.
This study examined the relationship between computer-mediated communication (CMC) and school culture, in order to provide a better understanding of what will be needed if the promise of technology in educational reform is to be realized. Online interviews conducted as a series of electronic mail exchanges were the primary means of investigation. The sample consisted of 25 educators representing schools in 16 states and six countries. Analysis of the interviews led to the construction of themes that represent the ideas, beliefs and practices of the study participants. These include access, a concern for the availability of technology, and its ease of use. Themes concerned with school culture are climate, the atmosphere in which the use of CMC transpires, the role of the school administration, and the effect that the implementation of CMC in the school has upon its subsequent use. It was concluded that aspects of a positive school culture include trust and collaboration among the professional staff, a commitment to professional development, and a respect for students as individual learners and administrative encouragement and support. Together, these factors help make the difficult transition to CMC easier. Contains 18 references. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: "SITE 98: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (9th, Washington, DC, March 10-14, 1998). Proceedings"; see IR 018 794.