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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 4, No. 1 (2008) open journal systems 


School-based Technology Coordinators and Other Human Factors in the Implementation of ICT in Primary Schools: A Comparative Study

Kit-pui Wong, kp24wong


Abstract
Among many other factors, competent staff is essential to the successful deployment of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in a school. In England, school-based ICT coordinators are highly esteemed and often regarded as pedagogical and technological leaders in their schools. However, this is not the case in Hong Kong. A survey described in this paper shows that the contributions of ICT coordinators in Hong Kong are not as highly valued as those of their counterparts in England. This finding suggests that educators and policymakers in Hong Kong may need to review the role and status of their ICT coordinators. Both the pedagogical and technological functions of these staff members should be emphasised in order to bridge the needs of education and technology. With highly proficient ICT coordinators, peer teachers could benefit from working under their direction and learning from their expertise.


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International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology. ISSN: 1814-0556