ERIC Number: EJ831181
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 15
Principals Priority for Technology as an Indicator of Observed Use in Schools
Lecklider, Debra; Britten, Jody S.; Clausen, Jon M.
AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, v5 n4 p27-33 Win 2009
School principals play an important role concerning technology use within their schools. While school districts across the nation are spending considerable resources in order to provide technical infrastructure to teachers and students, questions remain concerning the priority principals place in how teachers and students use technology within the school context. The purpose of this study was to identify principals' priority for technology in basic administrative tasks (i.e., budgeting and school improvement) and their observations of technology use in their schools. During the summer and fall of 2006, 57 school leaders were invited to complete a survey of their views on technology. The survey included 35 questions constructed to identify principals priority for technology in basic administrative tasks (i.e., budgeting and school improvement) and their observations of technology use in their schools. Overall, participants in this study saw technology as a high priority in all four of these areas: (1) 74% rated technology as a high priority for planning the school budget; (2) 87% rated technology use by teachers as a high priority; (3) 95% rated technology use by students as a high priority; and (4) School improvement included improving access to technology (90%), improving instructional use of technology (89%), and improving professional development for technology (97%).
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Technology, Principals, Administrators, Internet, Educational Improvement, Technology Integration, Educational Indicators, Federal Programs, Professional Development, Academic Achievement
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