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Sense of Empowerment Among School ICT Coordinators: Personal, Subject-Area and Leadership Empowerment

Sense of Empowerment Among School ICT Coordinators: Personal, Subject-Area and Leadership... Tech Know Learn https://doi.org/10.1007/s10758-017-9346-8 ORIGINAL RESEARCH Sense of Empowerment Among School ICT Coordinators: Personal, Subject-Area and Leadership Empowerment 1 1 Orit Avidov-Ungar Limor Hanin-Itzak Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2017 Abstract This qualitative study aimed to reveal patterns of empowerment among ICT (In- formation and Communication Technology) coordinators during ICT reform implementation in schools, and to examine if and how a sense of empowerment is expressed in their roles as teachers and as agents of change. Semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with 24 ICT coordinators from elementary schools, who were asked to describe the ICT role and its affects upon them. Findings indicate that participants felt empowerment in three areas: (1) personal; (2) subject area; and (3) leadership. All participants felt personally empowered by their new role. This was expressed in a sense of self-efficacy, a sense of responsibility, intrinsic motivation to act, and the ability to lead change and overcome resistance. Some also felt subject area empowerment, which expressed as a desire to learn more about ICT, pedagogical-technical knowledge, and improving the quality of their own ICT teaching. Others experienced leader- ship empowerment, which manifested as being able to instruct staff members, expand their own http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png "Technology, Knowledge and Learning" Springer Journals

Sense of Empowerment Among School ICT Coordinators: Personal, Subject-Area and Leadership Empowerment

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 by Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature
Subject
Education; Learning and Instruction; Mathematics Education; Educational Technology; Science Education; Creativity and Arts Education
ISSN
2211-1662
eISSN
2211-1670
DOI
10.1007/s10758-017-9346-8
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Abstract

Tech Know Learn https://doi.org/10.1007/s10758-017-9346-8 ORIGINAL RESEARCH Sense of Empowerment Among School ICT Coordinators: Personal, Subject-Area and Leadership Empowerment 1 1 Orit Avidov-Ungar Limor Hanin-Itzak Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2017 Abstract This qualitative study aimed to reveal patterns of empowerment among ICT (In- formation and Communication Technology) coordinators during ICT reform implementation in schools, and to examine if and how a sense of empowerment is expressed in their roles as teachers and as agents of change. Semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with 24 ICT coordinators from elementary schools, who were asked to describe the ICT role and its affects upon them. Findings indicate that participants felt empowerment in three areas: (1) personal; (2) subject area; and (3) leadership. All participants felt personally empowered by their new role. This was expressed in a sense of self-efficacy, a sense of responsibility, intrinsic motivation to act, and the ability to lead change and overcome resistance. Some also felt subject area empowerment, which expressed as a desire to learn more about ICT, pedagogical-technical knowledge, and improving the quality of their own ICT teaching. Others experienced leader- ship empowerment, which manifested as being able to instruct staff members, expand their own

Journal

"Technology, Knowledge and Learning"Springer Journals

Published: Dec 27, 2017

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