The rapid growth of technology is affecting a number of institutions in society today. Technology is dramatically changing the way people work with one another both within their organizations and with other organizations (Tierney, 1999). Some people perceive the widespread use of information technology as a boon to society, schools and other educational institutions. Furthermore, they also see information technology as a missing link between modern day effective and ineffective schools. However, other critics perceive technological innovations among the negative factors that exacerbate the deskilling of teachers.
This article explicates qualitative research findings of a study where six school principals were investigated as they administered the introduction of computer education and the general use of information technology programmes. Among others, the study discovered that culture change and climate change are much linked to school leaders and managers. The adoption of information technology will very much depend upon the leaders of these institutions. If technology is to play a crucial role in accelerating transformation of schools, school leaders would need to be sensitized around the demands of the 21st century organizations. Arguably, teacher productivity, student learning and the setting of high goals can be enhanced by information technology.
|Keywords:||School Culture, School Principal, Information Technology and South African Schools, Leading and Managing Technology|
Associate Professor, Educational Management, University of South Africa, South Africa
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