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The impact of ICT initiatives in Scottish schools: cultural issues

Condie, Rae and Simpson, Mary (2004) The impact of ICT initiatives in Scottish schools: cultural issues. European Journal of Teacher Education, 27 (1). pp. 73-82. ISSN 0261-9768

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At the beginning of a series of ICT initiatives in Scottish schools by the Scottish Executive and again, two years later, a survey of teachers and pupils provided evidence of the impact that these strategic investments had made on the classroom. The findings indicate that while there are innovative and enthusiastic teachers taking advantage of the opportunities afforded, a number of practical and cultural obstacles remained. While practical shortcomings, such as access to suitable hardware and software, might be fairly readily overcome if the financial will were there, the culture and practices of the school may prove more stubborn. The focus in this paper is on the views, hopes and expectations of the primary and secondary teachers who participated in the surveys and how they will influence the implementation of the ICT initiatives.