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A case of intention deficit disorder? ICT policy, disadvantaged schools, and leaders

Thomson, P., Nixon, H., & Comber, B. (2006) A case of intention deficit disorder? ICT policy, disadvantaged schools, and leaders. School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 17(4), pp. 465-482.

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Abstract

Since the mid-1990s, government policies in the USA, Canada, England, and Australia have promoted the need to produce an ICT skilled workforce in order to ensure national competitiveness in globalised economic conditions. In this article, we examine the ways in which these policy intentions in 1 state in Australia were translated into a techno-determinist and technocentric plan which focused primarily on getting wired up and connected. We summarise the findings from 2 projects: an investigation of a state-wide principals' professional development programme and an action research study investigating literacy, educational disadvantage, and information technologies. We found significant differences in the distribution of the physical and human capabilities between schools which made the task of engaging with ICT harder for some than others. Nevertheless, we suggest that some school leaders did develop innovative practice. We suggest that policy deficits made it difficult for school leaders to grapple with the dimensions of and debates about the kinds of educational changes that schools and school systems should be making. © 2006 Taylor & Francis.

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ID Code: 41711
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: ICT, Policy
DOI: 10.1080/09243450600743590
ISSN: 0924-3453
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Administration Management and Leadership (130304)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 17 May 2011 14:45
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:19

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