Internet in teachers' professional practice outside the classroom: Examining supportive and management uses in primary and secondary schools

Julio Meneses*, Sergi Fàbregues, David Rodríguez-Gómez, Georgeta Ion

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Abstract

In recent years there has been widespread interest in the implementation of information and communication technologies (ICT) in schools. While most studies primarily focus on the use of ICT in teaching and learning, little attention has been given to their incorporation as a professional tool outside the classroom. Using a digital inequality approach, the aim of this paper is to develop and test a model of the factors that affect teachers' professional use of ICT, particularly the Internet, in primary and secondary schools. One thousand four hundred and five (1405) teachers from a representative sample of 536 primary and 273 secondary schools in Spain were surveyed. The dependent variables include attitudes towards the professional use of ICT and the use of the Internet in professional practice. The explanatory variables are the socio-demographics, school-level information, frequency of Internet access within and outside the school, educational ICT training, digital literacy, and organisational development. Controlling for socio-demographics and school-level information, multiple regression analyses are used to make inferential judgements and test the separate effects of the independent variables. Findings suggest that technological factors and organisational practices are important predictors of ICT appropriation for professional purposes. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)915-924
Number of pages10
JournalComputers and Education
Volume59
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2012

Keywords

  • Computer-mediated communication
  • Elementary education
  • Improving classroom teaching
  • Media in education
  • Secondary education

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