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Wykorzystanie technologii informacyjno-komunikacyjnych w gimnazjach
The use of information and communication technologies in lower secondary schools

Author(s): Małgorzata Kłobuszewska, Magdalena Rokicka
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Education, School education
Published by: Instytut Badań Edukacyjnych
Keywords: economics of education; school infrastructure; use of ICT; teachers

Summary/Abstract: The school infrastructure in Poland, especially related to use of information and communication technologies (ICT) constantly improves, however the question remains whether this improved access translates into more frequent use of interactive whiteboards (IWB) at schools? The aim of this paper is to analyse the school and teachers’ characteristics related to the frequency of IWB use in school. The growing popularity of this device, as well as the large possibility of its application led us to reflect on whether there is a variation in the use of this equipment among lower secondary schools in nine studied counties and what the main drivers of the IWB usage are. The use of IWB is analysed from the students’ perspective, based on data collected in the project A study on the economic determinants for objectives and guidelines on allocation of private and public education spending in Poland (BECKER) with additional use of data from Education Information System and Local Data Bank. Results of our analysis indicate that frequency of interactive whiteboards usage is related to the size and quality of ICT infrastructure in school. We also find that teachers’ characteristics and the incentive system in school play an important role in explaining the use of ICT at classroom, additionally these characteristics explain part of the between school variation in use of ICT in studied counties.

  • Issue Year: 137/2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 32-46
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Polish