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Pupils' views and experience of ICT in secondary schools

Haq, Nusrat (2006) Pupils' views and experience of ICT in secondary schools. Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

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    Abstract

    Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is the focus of a great deal of
    attention, both in terrns of, policy, its implementation and research. It could be considered
    the most highly scrutinised of all subjects. For more than 30 years there have been many
    statements made about its impact on everyday life. Just as ICT has subtly transformed the
    working practices and communication system of the world, so it has been assured to
    make an equal, and more obviously positive, impact on the world of education.

    This thesis explores the impact of ICT on the attitudes, habits and thoughts of pupils in
    secondary school. Acknowledging the potential, and interest in different programmes, it
    looks at ICT not as an isolated phenomenon, nor in terms of potential programmes and
    the efficacy of distance learning, but in the context in which it is used in schools. The
    thesis is based on exploring the ways in which pupils experience ICT in school rather
    than in their homes, and how they experience ICT as part of their daily school
    expenence.

    The first part of the thesis outlines the history of the impact of Technology, in the context
    of earlier media, and examines the many assertions of its power and the hopes of the
    impact of IT. It also traces the many complex ways in which the Information Technology
    can be used and have an impact, and the various theories that underly its potential. It
    makes it clear that there is comparatively little empirical research on the impact of ICT in
    the school context. Research on particular programmes and lessons abounds but not
    research on the secondary pupils' attitudes and experience as a whole.

    The methodology used is a mixture of observation, questionnaire and interviews. In such
    a complex subject it was considered important to use triangulation to explore the impact
    of ICT; from its uses as part of the school curriculum, to its relationship with, other
    subjects. The most significant evidence is perhaps, derived from lengthy semi-structures
    interviews (as well as the questionnaire). Secondary school pupils in years 9 and 10 in six
    schools (with contrasting socio economic catchments) completed questionnaires and
    interviews.

    Whilst the thesis explores many aspects of the pupils' experience of ICT it does so in the
    context of day-to-day school life. The central point is however, the ways in which pupils
    think of school life generally, and the impact of ICT within this context. Any
    disappointment with any lack of fulfilment of the great hopes of ICT is perhaps explained
    by of how schools are run as institutions. They perhaps have not changed in any radical
    way to accommodate the new technology. The acceptance of the inevitability of
    computers, and their use in systems of communication (and the pleasure at home) is
    matched by the acceptance that school is an experience demonstrated by its social rather
    than academic aspects, in which ICT is just another lesson.

    Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
    Additional Information: EThOS Persistent ID uk.bl.ethos.438062
    Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
    Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
    Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
    Depositing User: Graham Stone
    Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2009 17:29
    Last Modified: 28 Jul 2010 19:48
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/5968

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