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Factors associated with high levels of ICT capability among 14-16 year olds in English schools

Crawford, Roger (2001) Factors associated with high levels of ICT capability among 14-16 year olds in English schools. Doctoral thesis, Leeds University.

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There has been concern for more than a decade that pupils do not have sufficient knowledge, skills and understanding of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at the end of compulsory schooling. This research investigates approaches to the organisation of the ICT curriculum, teaching and learning, management, staffing and resources that are associated with high levels of ICT capability among 14-16 year olds in four secondary schools, each of which organised the delivery of the ICT curriculum in different ways. These were discrete or ‘centralised’ ICT, cross curricular ICT; and hybrids of these, the ‘skills core’ and ‘kick start’ models (NCET, 1996, p7). There are detailed case studies of each school, and a comparative analysis, which includes an assessment of the relative ICT capability of their pupils. The more and less successful schools are characterised, and there is discussion of the issues arising and those areas requiring further research.
Features associated with high levels of ICT capability included:
• ICT was taught as a discrete subject throughout key stages 3 and 4, and pupils were entered for GCSE ICT at the end of key stage 4
• There were well planned programmes of study for discrete ICT but the use of ICT across the curriculum was not planned in detail
• ICT teachers were more aware of the differences between teaching ICT and other subjects
• There was strong leadership by senior management; the HoD ICT was enthusiastic and approachable; and there were opportunities for all teachers to be involved in decision making
• There was a management committee that included senior managers, the HoD ICT and ICT teachers; and a user group with representatives from other subject departments
• Teachers of other subjects could not avoid using ICT in the classroom and for aspects of school administration
• Schools valued their investment in ICT resources
• There were significantly more specialist ICT teachers employed by the school
• There was an adequate quantity of modern ICT resources
• Higher levels of bid based funding were acquired

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: ICT IT Information and Communication Technology ICT capability English secondary schools
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
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Depositing User: Roger Crawford
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2010 14:53
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 22:26


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