Effective integration of ICT in Jordanian schools: An analysis of pedagogical and contextual impediments in the science classroom

Ahmad Mohammad Qablan, Amjad Abuloum, Jamal Abu Al-Ruz

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Abstract

A series of interviews and classroom observations were conducted with a group of in-service science teachers, students, school principal, and computer lab supervisors, from a "Discovery" female school in Jordan to assess their utilization of information and communication technology (ICT) in teaching science. The study also intended to determine how these participants were using ICT and if they had any internal and external impediments in the way of the effective integration of ICT in the teaching of science. Results showed that some participants were using ICT creatively in their science teaching. However, despite considerable political pressure to increase ICT use in the classroom, most expressed frustration at the lack of ICT tools, support from the school, from the Ministry of Education, and from the surrounding community. The article proposes possible resolutions to help these participants overcome their impediments. Some of the suggested resolutions for the internal impediments include involving teachers in preparing the school's time-table, equipping the school with more ICT tools and offering more training courses for teachers. However, the suggested resolutions for the external impediments involve (1) The Ministry of Education to rethink the administration of board examinations, (2) The school to sacrifice scoring higher in board examinations for preparing more creative and more versatile students' perspectives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-300
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Science Education and Technology
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Effective integration
  • ICT
  • In-service science teachers
  • Jordan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Engineering

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