ERIC Number: EJ719286
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Reference Count: 59
ICT and Community of Practice
Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, v49 n1 p27-50 Feb 2005
The paper describes an action research study investigating ICT as an integrated artefact in lower secondary schools in Norway. The study is part of a national project called PILOT, which focuses on the pedagogic use of ICT in education. The aim of the project is to develop an understanding of how ICT can become an integrated part of the teaching process and the case study focuses on how ICT impacts the design of practice fields towards a community of practice concept in one PILOT school at the lower secondary school level. The findings from questionnaires, observations and interviews with the principal, teachers and students revealed that implementing ICT in parallel with other innovations and dismantling "preserving structures" has contributed positively towards developing the practice field and achieving the different aims for the school. The school has avoided an incremental implementation of ICT, and this seems to be an important strategy for the school's design towards a community of practice concept.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Action Research, Educational Change, Secondary Education, Information Technology, Technology Integration, Context Effect, Educational Change, Computer Uses in Education, Evaluation Methods, Educational Environment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Norway