ICT: Changing Education

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Psychology Press, 2001 - Education - 128 pages
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Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is changing the face of education. In this timely and accessible book, Chris Abbott examines the process by which ICT, and in particular its role in relation to literacy, has become central to national educational policies.

The author traces the history of computer use in schools and examines the concept of virtual learning communities using case studies involving learners, parents and educationalists. The role of the Internet is considered along with the differing national policies on its adoption and on developing online content. ICT: Changing Education reveals the development of open and flexible learning outside school as the next stage of ICT's involvement with education.

ICT: Changing Education is part of a series which seeks to address the needs of professional development, essentially at the level of the taught masters degree. Although aimed primarily at teachers and lecturers, it is intended that the books in the series will appeal to a wider readership, including those involved in professional educational management, health promotion and youth work. The books are overtly pedagogical. They aim to:
-- familiarise the reader with the vocabulary and terms of discussion;
-- provide a concise overview of recent research and current debates in the area;
-- convey a sense of the future direction of the subject and its points of growth and change.

 

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Contents

Virtual Communities
13
Changing Schools
29
The Rise of the Internet
43
Learning Computers and Social Interaction
48
Educational Responses to Technology
68
The Rise of the Internet and the Race to Connect
88
Towards a New Understanding of ICT and Schools
108
Index
126
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Chris Abbott is a Lecturer in Education at King's College, University of London. His teaching and research relates to ICT, literacy and special educational needs, and the use of the Internet by young people. He has taught in special and mainstream schools and was Director of the Inner London Educational Computing Centre.

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