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Multiple Factors Supporting the Transition to ICT-Rich Learning Environments

In India, Turkey, and Chile

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This research project used instrumental case studies of successful schools from the Intel® Teach Essentials Course in Turkey, India and Chile to examine what contextual factors might facilitate teachers’ ability to transfer a professional development program about ICT and innovative teaching strategies into their classrooms given the school contexts in three different developing countries. Seven factors commonly cited in the research literature were used to analyze each case: 1) pedagogical objectives and goals; 2) leadership; 3) professional development and ongoing support; 4) experimentation, adaptation, and critical reflection; 5) time; 6) infrastructure; and 7) financing and sustainability. In all three countries, we found that the educators we interviewed felt the course had helped them change their practice, but we also found that it was a combination additional programs and policies coupled with good leadership that enabled the schools to innovate with the Essentials course.