ITis ur elevperspektiv
This the’sis aim has been to study elementary school pupils experience of ITiS (information technology in the school). To investigate this essential interviews has been done with teachers and more careful questions have been put to pupils to get at picture of their perspective of the project. Even more information has been collected from classroom observations and valuation made both by teachers and pupils. This work includes a background over the projects of computers in the school done by the government during the years and up to today and it also consists specific information about the project ITiS contains as well as it’s aim. According to the teachers their goal with the project has been fulfilled when it comes to new ways of working and teaching. They also think that the use of computers in the classroom has increased. They agree that the project has had positive effects on their work in terms of more use of computers. But the biggest profit has been the development of their own competence of using the new technology as a tool in schoolwork. The pupils also speaks positively of the project and specially points out the interaction of ages and collaboration between levels as motivating and fun. But apart from the teachers they see no or only a minimal increase in the use of computers. At the time for the interview which took place about half a year after the project had been concluded they don’t see any remaining effects in the schoolwork at all. They put it as the teaching has gone back to ”normal”, which they indicate is more or less lecturing. But even so they speak positively about entering another project in the same style. It seams like the measured effects of the ITiS project only can be find in the increased individual competence of each teacher and their use and safety in the interaction with computers. This would be a platform for further development in the school even though it goes slowly and the road is far before the knowledge within the teachers can be transformed to something of value for the pupils. There is a common belief that the use of computers will solve all problems. But after a while with the use of this new technology it’s obvious that the essential pedagogic problems still remains and has to be count for. There is one more difficulty to be overcome and that is to get enough money for the needed investments in computers and new technology. The use of information technology in school is a process that needs time, reflection, valuation and analysis. Therefore it’ll take time before we know this projects and similar ones fully effects.
Göteborg University. School of Business, Economics and Law