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

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posted on 2015-11-03, 15:32 authored by ADRIAN MC DONAGHADRIAN MC DONAGH, Oliver McGarrOliver McGarr
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

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Irish Educational Studies;34, (1), pp. 55-68

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Taylor and Francis

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peer-reviewed

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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

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