Many people associated with the educational system have the view that ICT use is the new best thing and it will solve many future problems in the world. This is all true however the article explains other reasons that conflict this main idea. The growth of ICT is far more problematic than is typically acknowledged by the proponents of the so-called digital age.
‘A generation of children have become the unwitting participants in what can only be described as a huge social experiment’ (Armstrong &Casement, 1998,p.2).
When I first read this statement I completely understood it and believed it. So much money has been put forward by the government to supply schools with computers and other technology, but with so little serious evaluation. If I was to suggest a solution relating to this underlying issue, it would be for individual schools to investigate the change an ICT research has on the student’s grades. For example if in the new year the school plans to bring IPads into the classroom as teaching resources, have a study ready to analyse the effects it has. Simply have before and after results. I wanted to look further into this statement because surely somebody has investigated and had proof of the positive results ICT use can have on a classrooms results! I found an article on http://www.mff.org/pubs/ME161.pdf. It included 6 summaries of investigations that had been conducted. For example one of the studies was conducted by James Kulik. He used a research technique called meta-analysis to aggregate the finding of more than 500 individual research studies of computer based instruction. He found:
- On, average students using computer based instruction scored at the 64th percentile on tests of achievement, compared to students in the controlled conditions of learning who scored in the 50th percentile.
- Students learn morein less time when they receive computer based instructions.
- Students like their classes more and develop a more positive attitude when their class involves computer bases learning.
These finding are proof that there is research out there that shows technology has a positive impact on many students in schools.
Brown, M. (2005). The Growth of Enterprise Pedagogy: How ICT Policy is Infected by Neo-Liberalism. Australian Educational Computing, 16-22.