This volume integrates research findings from three multinational studies conducted to examine the impact of children's use of computers in school. Conclusions are drawn from in-depth analyses of trends in more than 20 nations. Its seven authors from four nations were key researchers on these projects. Both a study and a product of the information age, this work is of prime importance to teachers, teacher educators, and school administrators.
This work is unique in three important ways:
* it presents data gathered in many regions of the world;
* many of the authors are well-known and respected for their previous work in educational studies; and
* the chapters are designed in such a way that the majority of the book is easily accessible to professionals such as classroom teachers who are interested primarily in findings, results, and outcomes rather than the methodology of the research.
"…provides a useful collection of three diverse, large-scale, multinational investigations….an important benchmark of how computers are being used and integrated into classrooms worldwide….a great service to graduate students, researchers, designers, teachers, and policy makers interested in instructional technology."
—Journal of Educational Computing Research
"A world-wide tour-de-force describing research from a global perspective, a classroom perspective, and a child's perspective…"
—G. Ernest Anderson
University of Massachusetts
Contents: Preface. B.A. Collis, T. Sakamoto, Children in the Information Age. B.A. Collis, G.A. Knezek, K-W. Lai, K.T. Miyashita, W.J. Pelgrum, T. Plomp, T. Sakamoto, Three Multinational Studies. W.J. Pelgrum, T. Plomp, Information Technology and Children from a Global Perspective. B.A. Collis, K-W. Lai, Information Technology and Children from a Classroom Perspective. G.A. Knezek, K.T. Miyashita, T. Sakamoto, Information Technology from the Child's Perspective. Reflections. G.A. Knezek, K.T. Miyashita, Reflections on Selected Research Topics. B.A. Collis, Measuring the Effects of Computers in Education: Methods and Research. W.J. Pelgrum, The Educational Potential of New Information Technologies: Where are We Now? T. Sakamoto, Future Research Needs and Opportunities. K-W. Lai, Living in the Information Age. T. Plomp, Future Directions for IT in Education. M.A. Murray-Lasso, Appendix: Culture as a Context and Determinant of Educational Uses of Information Technology.