ICT for English in English ITE: An investigation into the ICT component of PGCE English courses

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The spread of Information and Communications Technology (ICT ) across the secondary curriculum is arguably one of the greatest changes that compulsory education has witnessed in the last twenty years. Whilst the introduction of hardware and software into schools is quantifiable, it is harder to judge whether the professional development of teachers in the effective use of ICT for teaching and learning has been (and is) successful. In particular, to what extent are prospective secondary English teachers on a PGCE course effectively equipped to use ICT to work in a multiliterate curriculum, and how well prepared are their ITE tutors to support them?

In this paper I report on research I conducted in 2009-10 into the provision for ICT training in PGCE Secondary English courses across England, focusing on the design and content, both in university and in school. I discuss the need for teachers to theorise the relationship between English the subject and the use of ICT. I comment on the opportunity that School Direct might provide to place schools at the heart of ICT in Initial Teacher Education (ITE), with the caveat that not all schools are yet in a position to do so. I suggest that there is perhaps a need for further work on the relationship between research, ICT and ITE.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-75
Number of pages12
JournalEnglish in Education
Issue number1
Early online date23 Jan 2014
Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2014


  • ICT
  • PGCE
  • Secondary English
  • CPD


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