Papers & Workshops



School Principals and Information and Communication Technology


Dr David Gurr

Department of Education Policy and Management, Faculty of Education, University of Melbourne

School education is changing as the information and communication technology (ICT) available changes. Principals of schools have experienced dramatic changes in their work. This paper reports upon findings from interviews in 1999 with 21 Victorian government school principals concerning the impact of ICT on their work. Principals have become or are becoming sophisticated users of ICT. Developments in technology have both allowed principals to do their work in different ways and created new work. They are also having to help their schools adopt ICT and support the teaching and non-teaching staff during this period of change. Principals are charged with seeing the possibilities of ICT for teaching and learning. At the same time, they are having to address personal issues concerning their own skills, capabilities and interest in ICT.
  Presentation Format: 45 min. paper

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000

Equipment: Overhead Projector