A field study of computer coordinators as change agents in three elementary schools
Shawn Anderson Brown, The Florida State University, United States
The Florida State University . Awarded
The purpose of this study was to describe and define the role of the school-based computer coordinator as change agent in three elementary school programs. The further purpose of this study was to investigate the interactions of the administrators, teachers and others with the coordinators.
The methodological approach consisted primarily of naturalistic inquiry with qualitative data collection. Sampling methods for the study included purposeful selection of full time coordinators in three elementary schools. Other participants were selected on basis of the coordinators and others recommendations.
Sources for data collection included, interviews, observations, archival documents and diaries. Qualitative data was analyzed using the coding method of organizing topics, categories and themes from the data.
Results of the study indicated that the role of the coordinator is an integral part of the technology movement in the elementary school. The study revealed that the computer coordinator used a variety of strategies to facilitate technology use in the elementary school. The effective strategies included training of teachers, providing technical support and instructional knowledge, supporting school staff.
Findings of this study suggest the following issues are considered when implementing the role of computer coordinator (a) time, (b) teacher/student interaction, (c) professional development, and (d) job definitions. Findings also indicated that the prospective coordinator should possess a good balance of teaching technical and interpersonal skills. The full time coordinator has greater potential for integrating the school's vision with technology than a part time coordinator. An aide should be assigned to the computer coordinator in order to curtail some of the many responsibilities of the computer coordinator. The coordinators were seen as making the transitions technology easier for the elementary schools using various skills. These skills included interpersonal, relationship negotiation, dedication and independence building all of which are people skills.
Brown, S.A. A field study of computer coordinators as change agents in three elementary schools. Ph.D. thesis, The Florida State University.
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