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Technology leadership or technology somnambulism? Exploring the discourse of integration amongst ICT coordinators.

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dc.contributor.author McDonagh, Adrian
dc.contributor.author McGarr, Oliver
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-03T15:32:15Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/4704
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This research aimed to explore Information and Communication Technology (ICT) coordinators’ discourse in relation to ICT integration in a sample of Irish post-primary schools. As ICT leaders in their schools, how they conceptualise ICT significantly influences school-based policy and use. The research involved semi-structured interviews with a random sample of nine ICT coordinators in the Mid-west region of Ireland. The study found that the coordinators drew heavily on the prevailing policy discourse when justifying the use of ICT in schools. However, they tended to see the evolution of ICT as something beyond their control and perceived ‘progress’ only in relation to hardware acquisition. The findings suggest that the shift from ‘electronic janitor’ to pedagogical leader (Lobos, 2008) is in its infancy in Irish schools. Policy makers may need to take greater cognisance of the importance of pedagogical leadership within a context dominated by a focus on acquiring hardware and resources. At a broader level educators need to define their collective vision for ICT, rather than placing sole responsibility on a single agent of change en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Irish Educational Studies;34, (1), pp. 55-68
dc.rights This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in Irish Educational Studies, 2015 © Taylor and Francis, available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03323315.2015.1010292 en_US
dc.subject ICT in schools en_US
dc.subject educational leadership en_US
dc.subject discourse en_US
dc.subject ICT coordinator en_US
dc.subject ICT integration en_US
dc.title Technology leadership or technology somnambulism? Exploring the discourse of integration amongst ICT coordinators. en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/03323315.2015.1010292
dc.date.embargoEndDate 2016-08-16
dc.embargo.terms 2016-08-16 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/embargoedAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1582447


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