ERIC Number: EJ721867
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb-1
Reference Count: 50
The Paradox of Inform@tion Technology in Primary Schools: E-Learning is New but Gender Patterns are Old!
Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, v50 n1 p1-21 Feb 2006
This paper seeks to explore the impact of IT on school and teacher cultures. It reports on Swedish teachers' use of IT in different school subjects by means of a case study comprising one school, four teachers (2 men and 2 women), and their pupils aged 9-12. The methods of data collection used were interviews and observations. The aim of the study was to investigate how the teachers experience IT as a "solution" and/or "frustration" in developing their professional knowledge and in providing new learning situations for pupils. The case study suggests that, at least in this school, IT is experienced as a creative and helpful tool, which enhances teaching and learning even if the transformation of IT pedagogies demands much effort and time from the teachers. However, the women have found it more difficult than the men to incorporate information technology into their practice. Thus, two themes have emerged from the case study: IT as a valuable tool for changing the form and content of teaching and learning, and IT as strongly gendered, that is, having male attributes.
Descriptors: Educational History, Technology Integration, Information Technology, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Computer Uses in Education, Females, Males, Gender Differences, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Primary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Sweden