The Cypriot Public Primary School Principals’ Self-Perceived Competence and Use of ICT for Personal, Teaching, and Administrative Purposes

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Abstract

The current study surveyed a random sample of 250 public primary school principals (74.4% of the total country population), from April until June of 2008, in order to explore the principals’ self-perceived competence and use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for personal, teaching, and administrative–managerial purposes in primary schools of Cyprus. In addition, it examines which independent variables affect the primary school principals’ attitudes toward ICT. The results of the study revealed that primary school principals generally do not feel very competent in using ICT, although the majority of them have received in-service training on ICT for personal purposes. Moreover, principals use ICT frequently but not on a daily basis. Also, principals feel more competent in using a word processor and a search engine on the Internet than creating and using a spreadsheet or a database. Finally, it appears that principals use the computer more frequently for personal purposes, than for administrative purposes and last for teaching purposes.