ERIC Number: EJ913634
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
School Leadership and Technology Challenges: Lessons from a New American High School
Peck, Craig; Mullen, Carol A.; Lashley, Carl; Eldridge, John A.
AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, v7 n4 p39-51 Win 2011
In this evidence-based practice article the authors investigate the challenges that leaders (administrators, staff, and teachers) face in high schools where personnel navigate technology reform. We studied an American comprehensive high school within a large school district in southeastern United States. School administrators and teachers faced three technology-related challenges: troublesome support structures, conflicting instructor roles, and a pervasive youth digital media culture. In response, school administrators and teachers used "workarounds" that alleviated technology problems and they adopted innovative, technology-infused instructional practices. We conclude the article by providing five recommendations for district and school-based administrators: plan early for long-term support, determine teacher needs, formalize informal support networks, showcase successful instructional adaptations, and adopt student personal media device (PMD) appropriate-use guidelines.
Descriptors: High Schools, Teaching Methods, Technology Education, Technology Planning, Performance Technology, Change Strategies, Educational Technology, Technical Support, Educational Practices, Role Conflict, Mass Media Effects, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Change, Performance Factors, Barriers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States