Exploring head and deputy headteachers' attitude towards using computers in education

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Abstract

Attitude plays a very significant role in acceptance of any idea or innovation. Research has established the significance of computers and the attitude of headteachers which can either be a hindering or a facilitating factor for computer integration in education. To explore this phenomenon in a Pakistani context, this study was conceptualised, while the subsidiary aim was also to explore the relationship between demographic characteristics of the participants and their attitude. A survey questionnaire was adopted to gather data with a sample of 185 headteachers to assess the four perceived factors' impact; educational, social, training needs and self-confidence. The results show that the participants' perceived attitude towards computers in education is positive while their perceived social impact of computers and their self-confidence found to be lower than the educational and training needs. Correlation analyses revealed significant associations between the headteachers' attitude and the use of computers and prior training. In sub-scales model, prior training contributes to the training needs' model while use of computer, contributed to the self-confidence model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-32
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Attitude
  • Computer integration
  • Computers in school
  • Headteachers
  • Survey

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