How Do Transformational Principals View ICT as a Means for Promoting Educational Innovations? A Descriptive Case Study Focusing on Twenty-First Century Skills

  • Spiridoula Laschou
  • Vassilis KolliasEmail author
  • Ilias Karasavvidis


Reforming education through technology has been notoriously hard. More often than not, technology is used to sustain existing practices rather than innovating them. School administrators can play a critical role in this regard because they can facilitate innovation. More specifically transformational leadership among principals has been conductive to a more qualitative use of technology in education. To date, however, how transformational leaders themselves view technology-based educational innovation has not been explored. The present study focused on 15 transformational principals in Greece and examined (a) how they view educational innovation and (b) how they perceive ICT use in their school as a means to support educational innovation. The findings indicate that the transformational principals hold views that are favorable to innovation and ICT use for promoting innovation. However, the systematic clustering of their responses suggested that they adopt a very specific conception of ICT-based innovation that can be quite limited in its scope. We conclude with a discussion of the implications that the findings have for promoting educational innovation through technology.


Educational innovation Transformational leadership Principals ICT integration Twenty-first-century skills 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Spiridoula Laschou
    • 1
  • Vassilis Kollias
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ilias Karasavvidis
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Primary EducationUniversity of ThessalyVolosGreece
  2. 2.Department of Preschool EducationUniversity of ThessalyVolosGreece

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