ERIC Number: ED440255
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
International Roundtable on The Lifelong Learning and New Technologies Gap: Reaching the Disadvantaged (5th, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 8-10, 1999). Preliminary Report.
National Center on Adult Literacy, Philadelphia, PA.; International Literacy Inst., Philadelphia, PA.; Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France). Centre for Educational Research and Innovation.
Three elements defined the focus of the 5th Roundtable: lifelong learning, the new technologies gap, and reaching the disadvantaged. Participants referred frequently to the digital divide, a term that captures differential access to and use of information and communication technology (ICT). The questions that guided discussion related to ICT and learning inequalities, access, gaps within formal school education and post-school learning contexts, and lifelong learning. Discussion showed the digital divide had many overlapping elements and was far from being a single issue. The Roundtable found that while it would be convenient if the policy issues related to the digital divide could be understood as a set of recipes for improvement that countries could implement to a greater or lesser degree, diverse conditions and cultures ruled out simplicity. Many stakeholders were involved, and some of the most pertinent variables were the furthest from policy influence. Dilemmas arose at very general levels, as well as in specific fields. Similar dilemmas arose in relation to extending opportunities for lifelong learning and the specific goal of improving ICT competence. Policy pointers and conclusions emerging from the Roundtable included different roles of stakeholders, the pivotal position of the teacher, need for new models of teaching and learning in schools, linguistic issues, and international exchange of promising practices. A participant list is appended. (YLB)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.; International Business Machines Corp., Armonk, NY.; United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).
Authoring Institution: National Center on Adult Literacy, Philadelphia, PA.; International Literacy Inst., Philadelphia, PA.; Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France). Centre for Educational Research and Innovation.