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ERIC Number: EJ794652
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0360-1315
ICT Integration in the Classroom: Challenging the Potential of a School Policy
Tondeur, Jo; van Keer, Hilde; van Braak, Johan; Valcke, Martin
Computers & Education, v51 n1 p212-223 Aug 2008
Despite the assumption that the integration of ICT influences the entire school system, research focusing on ICT in schools is generally limited to the study of variables at class level. In contrast to these studies, the present research explores ICT integration from a school improvement approach. More particularly, it examines the local school policy with respect to ICT integration from both the principal's perspective and perceptions of teachers. Furthermore, it studies the relationship between school policies and the actual use of ICT in the classroom. To answer the research questions, a representative sample of 53 primary school principals was interviewed. In addition, the interview data were supplemented with survey data of 574 teachers from the same 53 schools. What emerged from the analyses was that school-related policies, such as an ICT plan, ICT support and ICT training have a significant effect on class use of ICT. In addition, the findings from the interviews indicate that school policies are often underdeveloped and underutilised. The discussion section focuses on challenges to improve the potential of an ICT school policy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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