Issues in Education and Technology

Issues in Education and Technology

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Commonwealth Secretariat
01 Jan 2000
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256
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9781848597051 (PDF)
http://dx.doi.org/10.14217/9781848597051-en

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This book explores a range of issues in education and technology, and provides policy guidelines and strategies for those who have to make critical decisions about the use of technology in education systems and institutions. It adopts a first principles approach, with the main focus on educational purpose, treating technology as a tool that can serve education in various ways. To understand fully the implications of any technology for education and national development, we need to explore its growth and impact within different socio-economic, political and cultural contexts. Issues in Education and Technology richly illustrates this aspect of education and technology, through commissioned case studies drawn from Africa, the Caribbean, South-Asia and the United Kingdom.

This book concentrates on three broad areas in which technology can have the greatest influence and impact on education, namely
• access and equity,
• management and efficiency,
• pedagogy and quality.

Issues in Education and Technology explores the current and potential role of technology in each of these areas, from historical and contemporary perspectives. This promotes a better understanding of the key issues, helping readers to relate them to their own experience and thus to improve their decision making.
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  • Foreword

    Issues in Education and Technology addresses two important topics that currently preoccupy many decision-makers. There is hardly a more topical issue in today's world than the impact of technology on society, as it fuels unprecedented changes which influence how we live and work within different countries as well as across national boundaries. These changes offer the hope of increased benefits for many countries, but they also raise fears that some developing countries will be left behind and so become even further marginalised.

  • Introduction

    Issues in Education and Technology is a response to the needs expressed by Commonwealth Ministers of Education at their thirteenth Triennial Conference (13CCEM) held in Botswana in July 1997. Ministers and delegation leaders were anxious that their education systems and their societies should not be left behind in the rapid advance of information and communication technology (ICT), which has profound implications for all societies in an era of globalisation. They were aware, however, that there are difficult choices to be made and complex issues to be clarified, as governments strive to take sensible decisions about investments in technology for education.

  • Education, Technology and Development Revisited

    There is an important three-way link between education, technology and development that is becoming critical in an age of globalisation. Technology has always been a major driving force in the development of nations. At the same time the direction and pace of technological progress have been greatly influenced by the development goals and policies that constitute every nation's vision for the future.

  • Technology for Access and Equity in Education

    Decisions about investing in technology for education are not purely a matter for the Ministry of Education. Such decisions depend on broad national development policies and involve other ministries including Finance, Economic Planning, Telecommunications and Development. It is therefore important to highlight not only key educational issues, but also the development-related arguments that can be used to justify national investment in technology for education.

  • Technology for Management and Efficiency in Education

    Successful management of education systems has always depended on having the necessary information available, as much as on having personnel trained and experienced in management. It is equally important to have this information in a timely manner, and in a form appropriate for the intended purpose. Information enables education officials to keep their fingers on the pulse of the system, and make sensible decisions affecting the status and routine administration of education in the country.

  • Technology for Quality Learning and Teaching

    It would not be an exaggeration to argue that most teaching and learning aids are largely extensions and enhancements of the basic face-to-face method of education. In a conventional school setting, these aids promote greater effectiveness and efficiency within the finite real-time encounters of face-to-face learning situations. How can one teach the history of a foreign country in two 40-minute periods, or complex mathematical theorems in three lessons?

  • Summary Overview and the Way Forward

    There can be little doubt that for developed and developing countries alike, education has become one of the top priorities for individuals, communities and national governments. It has also become a major area of focus for international organisations, aid agencies and non-governmental organisations. It seems that in a period of rapid change and uncertainty education has become something of a repository for our hopes for the future.

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