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Leadership and school integration of ICT. Teachers perceptions in Spain

  • Manuel Area Moreira
  • Víctor Manuel Hernández Rivero
  • Juan José Sosa Alonso
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Abstract

Different international studies have shown that educational leadership is a relevant factor in the process of instructional integration of digital technologies in classrooms. The purpose of this article is to Analyse the perceptions that teachers have about leadership of ICT coordinator. An ICT coordinator is an educational agent whose main mission is to promote the process of pedagogical integration of technologies in the school. This paper presents a study about ICT coordinators, conducted through a questionnaire to more than 5161 teachers from different Spanish regions. It is argued that the coordinator must have ICT skills of various kinds that are more complex than mere instrumental mastery of technology. These functions must be linked to support the innovative use of ICT in teaching and learning by the teaching staff of a school. Evidence shows that ICT coordinators are becoming widespread and that teachers consider them necessary to promote innovation based on ICT. Differences between regions are observed in the implementation, the development of their roles and tasks, and on the perception of the need for an ICT coordinator. Depending on the educational stage, differences on the degree of implementation are detected. We come to the conclusion that regional educational policies should properly train and strengthen this agent of change.

Keywords

Educational leadership Information technology Schools Educational innovation ICT coordinator 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The English translation of this paper has been carried out by Sara Marrero Guillamón.

Funding

This paper comes out of a research project called “The politics of “one computer per student” in Spain. Teachers’ views and practice on School 2.0 program. A comparative analysis between Autonomous Regions” (EDU210–17037), funded by the R + D National Plan 2010 from the Spanish Ministry of Science and developed from 2011 to 2014.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare not having any conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Education and New Technologies (EDULLAB), Department of Teaching and Educational ResearchUniversity of La LagunaSan Cristóbal de La LagunaSpain

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