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ERIC Number: ED447294
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-10
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
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IT [Information Technology] as a Change Agent in Education and National Development.
Pan, Daphne
The case of Singapore illustrates how well-deployed information technology (IT) can be a change agent in education and national development. IT has been a catalyst and enabler of the shift from didactic, passive instruction to interactive, learner-centered and learner-directed instruction. In technical education in particular, IT has served as a new tool/facility, valuable educational resource, integral component of education and training, and stimulant and vehicle of knowledge creation. IT has facilitated infrastructure development and economic growth both directly and indirectly via education. Of 55 major cities surveyed worldwide, Singapore ranked fourth in computer and Internet usage. Singapore's IT 2000 Masterplan calls for establishing a host of multimedia services at competitive rates. Along with thinking skills development and national education, IT is one of the three priorities for Singapore's education plan, which calls for having 30% of the curriculum incorporate IT by 2002. IT has significantly improved the following aspects of Singapore's educational delivery system: administration; presentation; and communication. There are strong indications of a causal relationship between deployment of IT and significant improvements in Singapore's educational system and economy. Factors credited with Singapore's successful assimilation of IT include the following: goal definition, leadership/management, ownership, infrastructural provisions, training, incentives, and monitoring and evaluation. (MN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Singapore