Principals’ role in supporting their staff to integrate ICT in primary education
Kyriacos Charalambous, Frederick University Cyprus, Cyprus ; Ifigeneia Ioannou, Maria Tsounda, Ministry of Education and Culture, Cyprus
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Lisbon, Portugal ISBN 978-1-880094-89-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
This paper explores the role of Cypriot primary principals in supporting their staff towards the integration of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the educational process. More specifically, it presents how supportive principals are in encouraging their staff to integrate ICT in the educational process and what characteristics they must possess in order to encourage teachers towards implementation of ICT. The results of the study showed that principals have positive attitudes towards the integration of ICT. Moreover, their personal skills and abilities are very important towards successful implementation. The most important characteristic that principals must possess is the ability to build relationships and team spirit in the school. By fostering a whole-school climate and a sense of belonging teachers are motivated to use ICT and establish a team spirit where collegiality is established. Finally, according to the research data principals try to be supportive towards their staff by giving them freedom and autonomy in order to perform their task.
Charalambous, K., Ioannou, I. & Tsounda, M. (2011). Principals’ role in supporting their staff to integrate ICT in primary education. In T. Bastiaens & M. Ebner (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2011--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 90-99). Lisbon, Portugal: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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