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ERIC Number: ED442466
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 25
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The Politics of Connectivity--The Role of Big Business in the Education ICT Policy in the U.K.
Selwyn, Neil; Fitz, John
This paper looks at private interest involvement in education Information and Communications Technology (ICT) policymaking and implementation in the United Kingdom, using the National Grid for Learning (NGfL), an initiative to connect every U.K. school to the Internet and create an online connected learning community of teachers and students with access to a host of approved resources and information within a managed learning grid, as a contemporary form. The extent to which businesses are getting involved in new policy forms and the nature that resulting government/industry links are taking are explored. The paper also examines how key players are emerging and the interests of some firms dominating over others. Above all, the paper is concerned with how the public/private foundation for the NGfL is working out in practice. The paper is based on a series of in-depth interviews with key actors in the formation and initial implementation of the NGfL initiative, including: officials from the coordinating government department, DfEE (Department for Education and Employment); officials from the quasi-government agency responsible for developing and delivering aspects of the initiative, the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency; policy advisors to the Prime Minister and DfEE; as well as key executives in information technology and telecommunications firms and their educational representative body, the British Educational Suppliers Association. (Contains 188 references.) (MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Access to Technology; Business Role; Connectivity; National Grid for Learning (United Kingdom); Technology Implementation; United Kingdom