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Article: Understanding teacher mindsets: IT and change in Hong Kong schools

TitleUnderstanding teacher mindsets: IT and change in Hong Kong schools
Authors
KeywordsChange in schools
IT and teacher understandings and practices
Teacher development
Issue Date2005
PublisherInternational Forum of Educational Technology & Society. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.ifets.info/
Citation
Educational Technology And Society, 2005, v. 8 n. 2, p. 161-169 How to Cite?
AbstractIn 1998, the Hong Kong government introduced a new policy to use information technology (IT) as a "catalyst" for change in classroom practices. The desired effect was to create a shift from a predominantly teacher-centred approach to more learner-centred teaching. This investigation explores the impact of IT on teaching practices in Hong Kong schools from the perspective of teachers, through the collection of data from surveys and reports into individual school practices, group discussions and follow-up individual interviews. The data was analysed using Fullan's 2001 framework for understanding leadership within a culture of change. This framework was chosen to facilitate a better understanding of the problems facing classroom teachers. The analysis revealed that while the teachers in this study had indeed taken up the challenge to use IT in their teaching, their practices were little changed. IT was used mainly to support the existing teacher-centred approach. This study identified that the lack of clear and systematic leadership support, the inflexibility of the curriculum and assessment processes, time constraints, and limited appropriate professional development were the main reasons for the restricted impact of IT on the teachers' practices in the classroom. © International Forum of Educational Technology & Society (IFETS).
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/57355
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dc.contributor.authorFox, Ren_HK
dc.contributor.authorHenri, Jen_HK
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dc.date.issued2005en_HK
dc.identifier.citationEducational Technology And Society, 2005, v. 8 n. 2, p. 161-169en_HK
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dc.description.abstractIn 1998, the Hong Kong government introduced a new policy to use information technology (IT) as a "catalyst" for change in classroom practices. The desired effect was to create a shift from a predominantly teacher-centred approach to more learner-centred teaching. This investigation explores the impact of IT on teaching practices in Hong Kong schools from the perspective of teachers, through the collection of data from surveys and reports into individual school practices, group discussions and follow-up individual interviews. The data was analysed using Fullan's 2001 framework for understanding leadership within a culture of change. This framework was chosen to facilitate a better understanding of the problems facing classroom teachers. The analysis revealed that while the teachers in this study had indeed taken up the challenge to use IT in their teaching, their practices were little changed. IT was used mainly to support the existing teacher-centred approach. This study identified that the lack of clear and systematic leadership support, the inflexibility of the curriculum and assessment processes, time constraints, and limited appropriate professional development were the main reasons for the restricted impact of IT on the teachers' practices in the classroom. © International Forum of Educational Technology & Society (IFETS).en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherInternational Forum of Educational Technology & Society. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.ifets.info/en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofEducational Technology and Societyen_HK
dc.subjectChange in schoolsen_HK
dc.subjectIT and teacher understandings and practicesen_HK
dc.subjectTeacher developmenten_HK
dc.titleUnderstanding teacher mindsets: IT and change in Hong Kong schoolsen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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