Data Use, Technology, and Educational Leadership

Blind spots in district technology planning

This is a video associated with an article by Charmaine Brooks about a blind spot in district technology planning. I loved the video, and hope to read the article more deeply soon. My first impression is that this is a good step in the right direction for research about districts and technologies, but am a little disappointed in the literature review and theoretical framework. On one hand, I’m glad that she’s pointing out that districts can be overly instrumental about technologies, assuming that they’ll have a guaranteed “effect” on work. She’s spot on that much of the “bang for the buck” of technology use comes from social constructions: how people have come to make sense of and envision the technology in use. 

But she didn’t need to dip into Charles Darwin and Max Weber to do this– they were both born before the invention of the lightbulb. Fortunately, people outside of education also study these sorts of issues around technologies. Below is a list (off the top of my head) of articles that I thought would have resonated well with her lit review. These are good reads that keep people like me up at night.

Bailey, D. E., & Barley, S. R. (2011). Teaching-learning ecologies: Mapping the environment to structure through action. Organization Science, 22(1), 262–285.

Barley, S. R. (1990). The alignment of technology and structure through roles and networks. Administrative Science Quarterly, 35, 61–103.

DeSanctis, G., & Poole, M. S. (1994). Capturing the complexity in advanced technology use: Adaptive structuration theory. Organization Science, 5(2), 121–147.

Orlikowski, W. J., & Barley, S. R. (2001). Technology and institutions: What can research on information technology and research on organizations learn from each other? MIS Quarterly, 25(2), 145–165.

Orlikowski, W. J., & Iacono, C. S. (2001). Research commentary: Desperately seeking the “IT” in IT research – A call to theorizing the IT artifact. Information Systems Research, 12(2), 121–135.

Leonardi, P. M. (2009). Crossing the implementation line: The mutual constitution of technology and organizing across development and use activities. Communication Theory,19, 278–310.

Leonardi, P. M. (2009). Why do people reject new technologies and stymie organizational changes of which they are in favor? Exploring misalignments between social interactions and materiality. Human Communication Research, 35, 407–441



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