Within the project “e-Schools: Establishing a system for developing digitally mature schools (pilot project)” continuous data collection was conducted for the purpose of research, reporting and monitoring of project activities in the period from 2015 to 2018. It provided useful information for the improvement of project activities, for reporting to supervisory authorities and for planning the second phase of the e-Schools program.
One of the findings informs us that the proportion of female educators who used the equipment acquired during the pilot phase of the e-School project was 84.4% (3 365 out of 3 987 educators), which was convincingly higher in comparison with male educators. Similar was observed in the proportion of female teachers who participated in teacher training programme organized as part of a pilot project – 79.27% (2,999 out of 3 783 educators).
Scientific research on the effects of the e-School pilot project
Within the framework of the project “E-Schools: Establishment of a System for the Development of Digitally Mature Schools (Pilot Project)”, the Centre for Applied Psychology at the Faculty of Philosophy in Rijeka conducted a scientific research. The research examined the effects of the pilot project on three basic sets of outcome variables:
- general and specific learning outcomes in students
- digital competences, attitudes and experiences of students, educational and administrative staff, and
- the level of digital maturity of schools in general.
The main method of data collection was through various online questionnaires, then through the verification of specific cognitive outcomes and through tasks to test digital competencies (students, education and administrative staff). In addition, qualitative methods such as focus groups were used. Most of the data were collected in integrated online questionnaires, which were administered to the respondents in two phases (initial and final examination). Respondents completed the integrated online questionnaires at the beginning and at the end of the examination. Each research method is chosen to best suit the intended goal, that is, the research problem.