Building a Culture of Trust

  • Jacqueline Kirkman Griffith University


This paper investigates the place of trust in a school context and its importance in achieving the aims of schooling, “namely high academic performance and positive affects among members of the school community” (Forsyth, 2008). The role of trust in the use of technology and technological change is examined. Literature is surveyed in the fields of trust in the school community and trends which are impacting technology use in schools. The concept of collaborative and participatory culture in particular is examined. Digital citizenship is presented as a necessary component of an educational technology program.  Some general suggestions for developing a culture of trust are presented.

Author Biography

Jacqueline Kirkman, Griffith University
Jacqui is a primary school teacher and mother of four children living and working in Brisbane.  She has been teaching in the Queensland education system for more than twenty years in state, independent and home schools. Jacqui recently completed a Master of Education at Griffith University.  She has a particular interest in educational technology and the cultural implications of technology use in schools.  She blogs about trust in schools at


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How to Cite
Kirkman, J. (2014). Building a Culture of Trust. Australian Educational Computing, 29(1). Retrieved from
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