• Anders Sandborg Nielsen
4. term, Master of ICT and Learning (MIL) (Continuing education) (Continuing Education Programme (Master))
This master´s thesis analyses the leadership and management challenges in relation to adopting ICT-based teaching in the Institute for Leadership and Administration in the Metropolitan University College. The analysis is based on interviews with the formal leaders of the institute and on participation and dialogue at the NNU conference in Kolding, Denmark, in April 2016. The theoretical framework is a distributed perspective based on James P. Spillanes work on Distributed Leadership and secondarily on Etienne Wengers work with Communities of Practice. Furthermore this thesis contains a literature review centering on the three main components; ICT, Distributed Leadership and Communities of Practice. The review finds that the three components have been combined in previous work relating to the research question of this thesis, although the the amount of publications suggests that the field is sparsely researched. This thesis supports the need for further research within the framework of combining distributed leadership, communities of practice and ICT based on the explanatory power of the framework when it comes to analysing leadership and managerial roles in developing ICT based teaching in formal education. The analysis identifies four central challenges related to the research question: 1) The implementation of ICT based teaching challenges existing structures and beliefs in the educational system of how and what teaching and education should be. 2) The existing ways to perform leadership and management does not support the adaptation of ICT based teaching adequately. 3) The formal leaders lack the knowledge on ICT and its uses in education to support and contribute to the implementation of ICT based teaching, and finally: 4) Leadership and management roles concerning the implementation of ICT based teaching have a high degree of uncertainty where the roles of formal leaders and workers shift continuously creating uncertainty about goals, responsibility and roles.
Publication date2016
Number of pages49
ID: 234525318