ACT to Improve ICT Use for Learning: A synthesis of studies of Teacher Confidence in Using ICT in two Queensland schooling systems

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Title ACT to Improve ICT Use for Learning: A synthesis of studies of Teacher Confidence in Using ICT in two Queensland schooling systems
Author Jamieson-Proctor, Associate Professor Romina; Finger, Glenn
Journal Name Australian Educational Computing
Editor Dr Geoff Romeo
Year Published 2008
Place of publication Melbourne, Victoria
Publisher Australian Council for Computers in Education
Abstract A review of the literature about student use of ICT and the impact of ICT use on learning reveals a complexity of rationales and terminology that underwrite ICT initiatives; various dimensions and stages of integration; inherent methodological difficulties; obstacles to integration such as teacher ICT confidence, expertise and beliefs about the potential for ICT to make a difference to student learning; teacher professional development; school technological infrastructure and support; and the need for ICT leadership (Jamieson-Proctor, Burnett, Finger, & Watson, 2006). This paper investigates the overarching research question - Are ICT initiatives having the desired impact on teaching and learning in schools? It provides a synthesis of the results of recent investigations by us in Queensland State and Catholic schools involving 2652 teachers from 168 schools across the two systems. Significant statistical findings that link teachers' confidence in using ICT with students, to the quantity and quality of students' use of ICT for learning are highlighted. The findings support the hypothesis that current ICT initiatives are having less than the desired result in both Queensland systems. The paper concludes with a call for Australia-wide research to unpack and address the factors, such as teacher confidence, that are currently constraining the use of ICT within Australian schooling systems.
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Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2008. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. It is posted here with permission of the copyright owners for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted. For information about this journal please refer to the publisher's website or contact the authors.
Volume 23
Issue Number 2
Page from 12
Page to 18
ISSN 0816-90-20
Date Accessioned 2009-02-19
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject Educational Technology and Computing
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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