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An examination of the role of the ICT coordinator in the secondary school system in Ireland

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dc.contributor.advisor Leahy, Noeleen
dc.contributor.author Cleere, Anthony James
dc.date.accessioned 2010-07-29T10:56:53Z
dc.date.available 2010-07-29T10:56:53Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/441
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Due to the rise in use and general growth of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) the roles of some ICT Coordinators in the Irish secondary school system have expanded to combine a large number of duties. To further examine this topic and to establish some straight facts an examination of the workload of the ICT Coordinator in the Irish secondary school system was carried out. Relevant literature about the equivalent positions in such countries as New Zealand, Denmark and Britain was reviewed and issues which arose included ‘Job Description’, ‘Time Availability’, ‘Technical Support’ and ‘Pedagogical Duties versus Technical Duties’. The boundaries of this ICT Coordinator position have been pushed and pushed to include all aspects of technology. In such a dynamically expanding industry the status and position of the person closest to it in schools has remained somewhat unchanged over recent years. Many ICT Coordinators feel under pressure due to the broad scope of duties. These issues were explored via electronic survey and interview of ICT Coordinators and other personnel with knowledge of ICT in schools in Ireland. The results were then organised and reported. Subsequent comparison with the findings of previous research showed first and foremost that the majority of ICT Coordinators don’t have enough time for what has become expected of them in their position and secondly many felt that too much was being expected of them in a technical capacity. The crucial area of integrating ICT into the education of the students was being left in the shadow of technical support. Questions about the over-use of the ICT Coordinator for technical purposes and about the general level of importance associated with the role were put forward in the analysis. Conclusions were then drawn under the headings from the literature review mentioned above. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick, Department of Education & Professional Studies en_US
dc.subject secondary school en_US
dc.subject Ireland en_US
dc.subject ICT en_US
dc.title An examination of the role of the ICT coordinator in the secondary school system in Ireland en_US
dc.type Master thesis (taught) en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.type.restriction none en


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