Education Specialist (EdS)
Semester of Degree Completion
Freddie A. Banks, Jr.
A review of the literature indicated that instructional technology is not new in education. The rapid rate in which it has grown and continues to grow in education makes it a very important issue. Superintendents are in key leadership positions where instructional technology is concerned. Their roles are changing from that of a manager to that of a highly technical leader. The purpose of this study was to examine the perception of superintendents of public schools toward instructional technology. A survey was sent to 50 superintendents in public schools in Illinois in order to determine how instructional technology was used in their districts.
The emphasis of this study was geared toward gathering of data concerning the superintendent's perception of the use of instructional technology for support, application and training in education. Instructional technology, especially computers, is becoming an essential part of the teaching and learning process that is taking place in schools. The study reported that in-servicing of teachers and administrators in the use of technology is the most important influence on how successful technology is implemented. However the results indicated funding was the major hinderence, since without the money it is hard for new technologies to be provided. Superintendents are keenly aware of instructional technology as an integral part of the student's overall education.
Shride, C. Michael, "An Investigation into the Superintendents' Perceptions of the Benefits of Instructional Technology in Illinois Schools" (1996). Masters Theses. 1879.