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TEACHERS IN THE ERA OF ACCELERATION: How the acceleration of ICT developments influences the ICT use by teachers at school
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Adult Learning.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In the effort to examine the factors that impact the use of ICT by teachers, research has up until now neglected the acceleration of ICT developments as a factor that affects the successful integration of ICT in education. The technological acceleration in general has triggered significant changes at the social level, such as the acceleration of social change and the acceleration of the pace of life. This is why the study of the acceleration of ICT provides for a good theoretical framework to study the teachers and their interaction with ICT in a broader context, one that engages the environment in which a teacher functions as a teacher and a learner. This study explores the role of the acceleration of ICT as a factor that affects the use of ICT by teachers in Cyprus secondary schools. The Social Acceleration (SA) theory is used to interpret the whole situation. After examining how teachers perceive the ICT acceleration, how it affects them at school and personally as lifelong learners the results showed that ICT acceleration is not a significant factor in the use of ICT by teachers at schools in Cyprus but it still affects teachers indirectly as lifelong learners. I argue that the teachers have established a superficial relation to technology that has to do with a short-sighted vision of ICT integration which also the Ministry of Education shares. I propose that serious decisions should be made at a policy level in order to make a conscious adoption of technology, not necessarily running behind the accelerated ICT developments but exploiting the potential of ICT according to the needs of the educational system.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 44 p.
Keyword [en]
Acceleration, ICT acceleration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-130804OAI: diva2:955185
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Intercontinental Master´s Programme in Adult Learning and Global Change
Available from: 2016-08-31 Created: 2016-08-24 Last updated: 2016-08-31Bibliographically approved

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