T'aint what you do (it's the way that you do it): ICT and creativity in the primary school classroom

Mary Welsh, Rae Condie

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This paper reports on one strand of a PhD study that examines newly qualified teachers’ use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) to support teaching and learning in Scottish primary classrooms during the first two years of their career. Preliminary data analysis indicates that some of the new teachers are creative, innovative users of new technologies who have embedded ICT effectively into their classroom practice while others remain reluctant users. This paper looks at some of the factors that differentiate the creative from the reluctant. Three levels of influence are discussed, and the interactions between them. They are the national/authority level, the school level and the individual or personal level. Some necessary, although not in themselves sufficient, conditions for creative use of ICT are identified as well as some desirable ones.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKey Competencies in the Knowledge Society
Subtitle of host publicationIFIP TC 3 International Conference, KCKS 2010, Held as Part of WCC 2010, Brisbane, Australia, September 20-23, 2010. Proceedings
EditorsNicholas Reynolds, Marta Turcsanyi-Szabo
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-15377-8
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventIFIP TC 3 International Conference, KCKS 2010 - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 20 Sept 201023 Sept 2010


ConferenceIFIP TC 3 International Conference, KCKS 2010


  • ICT teaching
  • teaching
  • creativity
  • information and communications technologies
  • primary schools
  • teacher learning
  • ICT uptake by teachers


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