'You can't not go with the technological flow, can you?' Constructing 'ICT' and 'Teaching and Learning'

IR Dale, SL Robertson, T Shortis

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Abstract

This paper seeks to show how 'policy', 'management' and 'information and communications technology' (ICT) were constructed for schools in England between 2000 and 2003 and to discuss some effects of these constructions on teaching and learning in the institutions involved in the InterActive Education Project. It argues that their contribution collectively constituted 'ICT' as a particular kind and form of challenge for schools, and that recognising the nature of this constitution is crucial to understanding the relationship between ICT and teaching and learning. Informed by an abductive methodology, this paper draws on analyses of policy documents and interviews with the head teachers of the educational institutions taking part in the InterActive Education Project to show how the possibilities and opportunities of using ICT were shaped by those constructions. It suggests that the main policy framing ICT in education over the period in question, the National Grid for Learning, had the provision of hardware and infrastructure as its main target, but offered little advice on how they might be used. This constituted the core of the management problem of ICT for schools. The final section of the paper outlines some of the mechanisms through which schools addressed these issues and discusses some possible implications for what counts as 'teaching and learning' with 'ICT'.
Translated title of the contribution'You can't not go with the technological flow, can you?' Constructing 'ICT' and 'Teaching and Learning'
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)456 - 470
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Computer Assisted Learning
Volume20 (6)
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004

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Publisher: Blackwell

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