A paradigm for designing and implementing instructional technology in secondary school buildings for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Faris A. Alfaraidy, University of Florida, United States
University of Florida . Awarded
Instructional technology is making a significant impact on the design and planning of educational facilities in today's information age. The dissertation has investigated the implementation of the latest instructional technology for the Ministry of Education at the boys secondary stage schools in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Moreover, the research has taken social, cultural, environmental conditions and educational philosophy into consideration when implementing instructional technology into the design of schools, therefore not harming the unique social structure. Designing for new instructional technology such as teleconferencing, multimedia, audience response systems, distance learning, virtual reality simulation and the use of the Internet, are explored to fit the requirements of the current school prototype and improve the learning environment.
The research explored different layouts for the classroom, In addition, competing design concepts of a multimedia learning center with the latest instructional technology are studied as part of the school layout and in an effort to enhance the learning environment. Allowing for flexibility and development in the different concepts that integrates with the school building. The research covered over 1043 secondary schools in all 13 Provinces of the Kingdom and recommends that the project to be implemented in three phases. With successful implementation, this study will place the Kingdom and its school system at the forefront of the information age as we enter the next millennium.
Plans for staff development are examined and different ways of preparation is addressed. Furthermore, it is recommended that a technology planning committee is formed at the Ministry of Education in order to make sound decisions about the instructional technology infrastructure, resource allocations and successful systemic upgrades which is needed in the future. The research also developed a conceptual investment model to ensure that the implementation of the project is optimized and that it can be financially sustained over its projected life.
Contributions of the study are categorized into a three tiered power structure, at the Ministry level, province level and at the school level. In advancing the instructional technology, therefore, the Kingdom's school buildings will become indicators of a world leading country in applying the technology in its facilities taking it into the 21st century.
Alfaraidy, F.A. A paradigm for designing and implementing instructional technology in secondary school buildings for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Ph.D. thesis, University of Florida.
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