The Influence of Leadership Styles to the in-Service Teachers’ Integrating IT into Teaching and Learning
Ching-Dar Lin, Min-Jin Lin, National Dong-Hwa University, Taiwan ; Yi-Feng Huang, Jhih-Syue Elementary School, Taiwan
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Charleston, SC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-67-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
This paper reported a case study regarding to how two elementary school principals’ leadership styles influenced their school teachers’ integration of information and communication technology (will be abbreviated as ICT hereafter) into teaching and learning. Although both principals were novice in using ICT, the first principal in School A trusted and authorized the expert teacher to be in charge of promoting teachers’ professional development in applying ICT. The organizational atmosphere was warm, supportive, and honor-oriented. Every teacher in School A integrated ICT into teaching. The second principal in School B did not emphasize the importance of teaching with technology, and she did not encourage or appreciate the ICT expert teacher. The organizational atmosphere was low-spirited, passive, indifferent, and somehow against her leadership. As a consequence, less than 10% of teachers in School B were interested or competent in using technology into teaching.
Lin, C.D., Lin, M.J. & Huang, Y.F. (2009). The Influence of Leadership Styles to the in-Service Teachers’ Integrating IT into Teaching and Learning. In I. Gibson, R. Weber, K. McFerrin, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2009--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2409-2418). Charleston, SC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).