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Computer Coordinators as Change Agents: Some New Zealand Observations Article

, , , University of Otago, New Zealand

Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Volume 10, Number 4, ISSN 1059-7069 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Strong and effective leadership at the school level is needed
if information and communication technology (ICT) is to be
successfully planned and integrated into the school curriculum.
A study was conducted in 2000 to investigate factors
affecting the use of technology in 25 secondary schools in
one region of New Zealand. As part of the study, the leadership
role of the ICT coordinators in the planning and implementation
process has been examined. This article discusses
some of the observations on the leadership role of the ICT
coordinators gathered from that study. In this article the authors
argue that ICT coordinators could serve as agents of
change as they are the ones who could provide professional
development for their colleagues. They could also be the
driver of technology development. However, ICT coordinators
currently face heavy workloads and lack the time necessary
to successfully envision themselves and their schools.
They could play a more effective role if their role is fully
recognized and more resources are given to them.

Citation

Lai, K.W., Trewern, A. & Pratt, K. (2002). Computer Coordinators as Change Agents: Some New Zealand Observations. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 10(4), 539-551. Norfolk, VA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education.

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