Working paper in Studies of Organization and Society
Henrik Hansson, Mikael Löfström and Östen Ohlsson
Skolan och informationstekniken – en fallstudie av grundskolan i Stenungsund
Abstract: This paper is the first of six case studies in a research
project ”The school and information- and communication technology (ICT)”.
This one is taking place in the municipality of Stenungsund. The results
from the study can be summarised as: Some enthusiasts driving the
development work and producing star cases. They claim that the new
technology introduced is making a difference, but the most important aspect
is that new technology is triggering a development for pedagogical renewal.
Technology also bears the potential for extended surveillance and control,
which is not so much spoken about. The differences in competence and the
subsequent specialization of some teachers seem to be an unintended and
inevitable consequence of the ICT introduction. The municipality claim to
strive towards decentralization of the organization, however ICT seem to
have an opposite effect. The continuity from the projects can be
interpreted in two ways. When there is no more money there is any
development. A more interesting conclusion is that ICT has affected the
long-term attitude and use of ICT. The projects have exposed the community
with possibilities as well as limitations and therefore the perception of
ICT has changed within the school organization.
Keywords: Information- and communication technology; school organization; educational organization; educational practice; public management; gender; practice; profession; (follow links to similar papers)
40 pages, August 25, 2003
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