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Critical reflections on the benefits of ICT in education

Livingstone, Sonia ORCID: 0000-0002-3248-9862 (2012) Critical reflections on the benefits of ICT in education. Oxford Review of Education, 38 (1). pp. 9-24. ISSN 0305-4985

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Identification Number: 10.1080/03054985.2011.577938


In both schools and homes, information and communication technologies (ICT) are widely seen as enhancing learning, this hope fuelling their rapid diffusion and adoption throughout developed societies. But they are not yet so embedded in the social practices of everyday life as to be taken for granted, with schools proving slower to change their lesson plans than they were to fit computers in the classroom. This article examines two possible explanations - first, that convincing evidence of improved learning outcomes remains surprisingly elusive, and second, the unresolved debate over whether ICT should be conceived of as supporting delivery of a traditional or a radically different vision of pedagogy based on soft skills and new digital literacies. The difficulty in establishing traditional benefits, and the uncertainty over pursuing alternative benefits, raises fundamental questions over whether society really desires a transformed, technologically-mediated relation between teacher and learner.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
L Education > LF Individual institutions (Europe)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2012 15:20
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 01:56

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