Fischler College of Education: Faculty Articles

Title

Educational Leadership and Technology Integration: An Investigation into Preparation, Experiences, and Roles

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2011

Publication Title

Journal of School Leadership

ISSN

1052-6846

Volume

21

Issue/No.

2

Abstract

This research, looking through the lens of Fullan (1991) regarding the complexity of implementing school wide change, sought to explore preparation and requirements of new administrators with respect to the integration of technology by first gathering data regarding licensure and course requirements from state departments of education and educational institutions. Overall, most states and institutions do not require any formal preparation in understanding or implementing technology for instructional purposes, and likely their graduates are not prepared to implement technology systemically in their school. Given that these data were remarkably uniform and next researchers sought to gather experiences, training, and perspectives of technology-savvy administrators as to how they learned what they know and how they lead their schools in the 21st century. We learned that administrators do learn on their own, have a dedication to these changes, and promote their staff members' implementation through professional development, by modeling its use, and purposefully setting goals for their school.

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