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Students’ voices about information and communication technology in upper secondary schools

Students’ voices about information and communication technology in upper secondary schools PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to explore upper secondary school students’ voices on how information and communication technology (ICT) could structure and support their everyday activities and time at school.Design/methodology/approachIn all, 11 group interviews were conducted with a total of 46 students from three upper secondary schools. NVivo PRO 11 was used for a qualitative content analysis.FindingsThe results show that ICT plays a central role in the students’ schooling, not in terms of “state-of-the-art” technology, but rather as “state-of-the-actual”, by for example supporting the writing process and for peer support, digital documentation and storage.Research limitations/implicationsA relatively small number of students in three schools and three specific programmes make generalisations difficult.Practical implicationsStudents’ perspectives on the “state-of-the-actual” could influence teachers’ use of ICT in education, their professional development activities and the development of an in-school ICT infrastructure.Social implicationsThe study could lead to a better understanding of students’ expectations and use of ICT at school and in everyday life.Originality/valueThe originality of this paper is the focus on students’ voices about how the basic use and functionality of ICT could structure and support their everyday activities at school. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The International Journal of Information and Learning Technology Emerald Publishing

Students’ voices about information and communication technology in upper secondary schools

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Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
2056-4880
DOI
10.1108/IJILT-09-2017-0088
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Abstract

PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to explore upper secondary school students’ voices on how information and communication technology (ICT) could structure and support their everyday activities and time at school.Design/methodology/approachIn all, 11 group interviews were conducted with a total of 46 students from three upper secondary schools. NVivo PRO 11 was used for a qualitative content analysis.FindingsThe results show that ICT plays a central role in the students’ schooling, not in terms of “state-of-the-art” technology, but rather as “state-of-the-actual”, by for example supporting the writing process and for peer support, digital documentation and storage.Research limitations/implicationsA relatively small number of students in three schools and three specific programmes make generalisations difficult.Practical implicationsStudents’ perspectives on the “state-of-the-actual” could influence teachers’ use of ICT in education, their professional development activities and the development of an in-school ICT infrastructure.Social implicationsThe study could lead to a better understanding of students’ expectations and use of ICT at school and in everyday life.Originality/valueThe originality of this paper is the focus on students’ voices about how the basic use and functionality of ICT could structure and support their everyday activities at school.

Journal

The International Journal of Information and Learning TechnologyEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 5, 2018

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