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ERIC Number: EJ933975
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3124
School Principals' Influence on Science Teachers' Technology Implementation: A Retrospective Analysis
Peled, Yehuda; Kali, Yael; Dori, Yehudit Judy
International Journal of Leadership in Education, v14 n2 p229-245 2011
This paper describes a longitudinal study, in which the interaction between junior high school principals and science teachers is characterized, and its influence on technology implementation is explored. Fourteen principals and 19 teachers who participated in a former study, which took place from 1998 to 2001, were re-interviewed and observed during 2005. The teachers were classified into four types--"Initiators", "Followers", "Evaders" and "Objectors"--based on the mode and extent to which they implemented educational technologies in their teaching. Principals were also classified into four categories--"Initiating", "Empowering", "Permitting yet Preventing" and "Resisting"--based on the way they motivated or discouraged science teachers to incorporate educational technologies into their teaching. Findings indicate that the principals were fairly consistent in the type of support they provided to their teachers throughout the seven years of the study. The findings indicate that the principals' longitudinal support or discouragement plays a crucial role in teachers' ability and motivation to incorporate educational technologies as an integral part of their teaching. Encouraging outcomes show that teachers between the years 2001 to 2005 were somewhat less dependent on the principals' support than they were between the years 1998 to 2001. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel