The Use of ICT in School Management and Its Influence on the Teaching-Learning Activity

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Education and the Network Society (ENS) is a research group at the Open University of Catalonia, interested in the study of the educational phenomenon in contemporary society. During the last 4 years we have conducted research on the process of the incorporation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the Spanish educational system. The project “The integration of Internet in Spanish schools: present situation and future trends” has been carried out at a national level since January 2007. The aim is to better understand the use of ICT by the school community in educational practices, in and out of schools. Another objective is to describe the factors which influence the implementation of ICT in teaching and administative work. The holistic character of our research is based on the previous contributions by Chandra, Lloyd, (2008), Özdemir, Kılıç, (2007), J. Tondeur, M. Valcke, J. van Braak, 2008, Robin H. Kay, Liesel Knaack, (2008) or, Ertmer (2005), Kozma (2003) and Zhao and Frank (2003). The authors try to grasp and understand the complex relationship between ICT and the processes that take place in the education field. The methodology is quantitative and has an empirical and analytical character based on a questionnaire survey on a national scale. 17.576 people have been interviewed: teachers, students and school managers from a representative sample of 809 Spanish primary and secondary schools. The data provided relevant information on trends in organizational practices and the environment of schools in Spain. Other results pointed to the effects that ICTs presence have on the various educational activities that students and teachers conduct. The results focus on the relationship between organisational aspects: the use of ICT in the management activities, the organisational culture, and the strategies promoted by the schools heads and the use of technology in the learning-teaching activity.


Keywords: Information and Communication, Technologies, Teaching-Learning, School Management
Stream: Technology in Learning; Maths, Science and Technology Learning
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Georgeta Ion

Professor, Psychology and Educational Sciences, Open University of Catalonia
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

PhD in Educational Sciences by University of Barcelona. Professor Ion main areas of interest are: teachers training,education in the network society and university organisation.

Carles Sigales Conde

Professor, Psychology and Educational Sciences, Open University of Catalonia
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Carles Sigales is professor at the Psychology and Educational Sciences Department of the Open University of Catalonia and researcher at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute. He earned his PhD in Psychology of Education by University of Barcelona. Professor Sigales' main areas of interest are: teaching and learning in the network society, teachers training, and educational policies

Prof. Julio Meneses

Assistant Professor, Psychology and Educational Sciences, Open University of Catalonia
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Julio Meneses is assistant professor in Statistics & Research Methods at the Psychology and Educational Sciences Department of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and researcher at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute. He earned his BA degree in Social Psychology (Universidad de Oviedo), an MA degree in Information and Knowledge Society, and he is currently finishing his PhD dissertation in the social implications of the introduction of ICT in education from a community perspective. Professor Meneses' main areas of interest involve research methods and multivariate analysis in social sciences, digital inequalities, community building, social construction of technology, and social capital development in the Network Society.

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