Doctoral Programme in Education and ICT (e-learning)

Author: Jordi Serarols Boada
Programme: Doctoral Programme in Education and ICT (e-learning)
Language: Catalan
Supervisors: Dr. Albert Sangrā Morer and Dr. Nati Cabrera Lanzo
Faculty / Institute: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.

Key words: School evaluation, school organization, digital technologies, e-learning, education & ICT

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This doctoral thesis aims to improve our understanding of the organization, management and role of school administrators in the implementation of ICT in digitally mature schools, and to develop organizational proposals and transferable initiatives. The theoretical framework is rooted in educational transformation and the role of ICT. The concept of digital maturity is introduced, as is its evaluation based on a new model, called MADIGESC. The research is based on three case studies of secondary schools in which there is intensive use of ICT. The results are presented in four sections: the educational context, the school organization, the integration of ICT, and the digital maturity of the school. The research findings highlight the importance of the role of school administrators and their exercising of school autonomy, the professional development of teachers, and the advanced educational practices empowered by the use of ICT. Finally, proposals for the organization and management of ICT are made (presented as infographics) based on the MADIGESC digital maturity model.