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Global Messages from a Small Island

ISBN 9781843123804
Published September 19, 2007 by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

E-schooling: Global Messages from a Small Island looks at how an entire school system is starting to transform learning through ICT. It is based on an evaluation of ICT work in a wide range of schools in Northern Ireland and askes what it takes to change learning through technology in what we call 'e-schooling'.

The book sets analyzes and suggests answers to two key questions:

  • can the intervention of government and the forging of strategic alliances with providers of education and of technology bring about systemic change?
  • without radical reform of curriculum, assessment and learning are computers any more than a frill?

The authors, an education technology strategist and inspector, and a teacher education specialist, map out the complexities for those involved in teaching, training and evaluating in what is probably one of the most far reaching changes to education ever seen.

This book puts the spotlight on the costs and benefits of e-schooling and asks some hard-hitting questions of those involved in educating young people in schools at the start of the twenty-first century.

Table of Contents

1. The State of Schooling in Northern Ireland and its Capacity to Change  2. An Integrated Strategy for ICT in Schools  3. Teacher Development for E-Schooling  4. Initial and Early Teacher Education: The Challenges of Embedding ICT to Transform Learning  5. An E-Curriculum for an E-School?  6. Connected Learning for Citizenship  7. Special and Inclusive Education  8. Enterprising Education  9. Leadership for Quality in an E-School  10. Global Messaging

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Dr Roger Austin is a senior academic at the University of Ulster with an international reputation for his work on the role of ICT in teaching and learning both in schools and teacher education. He is a pioneer in the use of ICT for inter-cultural learning between schools.

Professor John Anderson has 30 years experience in policy-development, education strategy and project management for technology-enabled schooling in Europe and the United Kingdom - and in Northern Ireland in particular. He has an international reputation for research and development, inspecting and evaluating, consultancy and lecturing in the pedagogy of ICT and in education policy-making.