Competency, Leadership and Technology Use by Principals

By Mojgan Afshari, Kamariah Abu Bakar, Wong Su Luan, Foo Say Fooi and Bahaman Abu Samah.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Principals have a major responsibility for initiating and implementing school change through the use of information and communications technology and can facilitate complex decisions to integrate it into learning, teaching and school administration. However, there is less information about the current status of ICT use by principals, their perceived competence in it, and their leadership style. This paper will report on these issues from an analysis of data gathered from a survey of secondary school principals in Tehran, Iran. The findings indicated that principals spent a few times a week working on their computers. Also, computer competence and transformational leadership contributed significantly to the level of computer use by principals. It was suggested that considerable ongoing professional development opportunities need to be provided for principals to fulfill their role as technology leader.

Keywords: Leadership, Information and Communication Technology, Secondary School Principals

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp.345-358. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.272MB).

Mojgan Afshari

PhD Student, Faculty of Educational Study, University Putra Malaysia, Kualalumpur, Malaysia

Mojgan Afshari is currently doing PhD in Educational Administration at University Putra Malaysia. My research interests are ICT in education and Technology leadership.

Dr. Kamariah Abu Bakar

Professor, Dept. Science and Technical Education, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Malaysia

Professor Dr. Kamariah Abu Bakar is expert in Science Education and the utilization of Information, Communication and Technology in education, more specifically in teaching-learning strategies.

Dr. Wong Su Luan

Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

Dr. Wong Su Luan is expert in the integration of IT into pre-service teacher & in-service teacher education; teaching & learning with IT; constructivism in IT; and instrument development.

Foo Say Fooi

Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

Dr. Foo Say Fooi is expert in the areas of educational leadership, school management, school-family-community collaboration, and quality assurance in higher education.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bahaman Abu Samah

Associate Professor, Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Malaysia

Dr. Bahaman has taught in Extension Education and Programme Development. Currently his teaching focuses in statistics and computer application in Human Resource Development.

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