A Study of the Leadership Role of ICT Coordinators in Primary Schools in Hong Kong and England
Kit Pui WONG, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-62-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
Among many other factors, a crew of competent staff members is crucial for the successful implementation of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in schools. Unfortunately, this is often a deficiency in the Hong Kong educational system. In England, school-based ICT coordinators are typically considered to be technology leaders and, thus, instrumental in directing the application of ICT in schools. Under appropriate organisation, ICT coordinators could provide good school-based training to less competent teachers. In contrast, ICT coordinators in Hong Kong are not often given such a leadership status. In a quantitative survey, ICT coordinators in Hong Kong primary schools were not valued as highly as their counterparts in England. These findings may imply that the deployment of ICT coordinators in Hong Kong has been much less successful compared to such deployment in England. Policymakers in Hong Kong should seriously consider the leadership role of ICT coordinators and provide room for these professionals to generate the most advantageous inputs for schools in Hong Kong.
WONG, K.P. (2007). A Study of the Leadership Role of ICT Coordinators in Primary Schools in Hong Kong and England. In C. Montgomerie & J. Seale (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2007--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 2116-2123). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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