Socio-Demographic Characteristics, Technology Leadership Skills, Attitude and ICT Competence of School Administrators: Basis for a Training Design

Authors : Evernold C. Berial

Volume/Issue : Volume 6 - 2021, Issue 4 - April

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The study developed ICT Competence Model as a basis for a training design. It employed descriptivecorrelational and causal-comparative research design to determine correlations, best predictor variable, and the best fit structural equation model of the ICT competence of school administrators. It was conducted among the 805 elementary school administrators in the five select school divisions of Region X using an adopted research questionnaire. The study revealed that the young adults school administrators are digital natives, while the rest of middle-aged and seniors are digital immigrants who either avoid or are reluctant in using ICT. They need ICT capability building activities. There is dominance of males over females in number. Most of the school administrators are neophytes with little or limited ICT training. Most of them have post graduate degree. Rural schools outnumbered the urban school with disparities in available ICT equipment and infrastructure. The school heads are skillful in technology leadership in learning & teaching, productivity & professional practice, leadership & vision, social, legal & ethical issues, support management & operation, and assessment & evaluation. They have a positive attitude and manifested preferential use of ICT cognizance with its relevance and importance in increasing productivity. They also possessed basic level of ICT Competence and can perform most of the basic ICT operations and use it sometimes as tool for administration. There is a significant relationship of the ICT competence of school administrators with the ICT training & years of administration and technology leadership skills and attitude in productivity & professional practice with different strength and direction. Attitude is the best predictor of ICT competence of school administrators followed by technology leadership skills. The ICT Competence Model of school administrators is anchored on the combined influence of technology leadership skills and attitude towards ICT. Its states that the higher the technology leadership skills an attitude they have, the more ICT competent they become. From the model, training on ICT productivity tools was conceptualized to enhance the ICT competence of school heads.

Keywords : Socio-Demographic Characteristics, Technology Leadership, Attitudes, ICT Competence.


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