ERIC Number: ED462946
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
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Commonalities in Educational Technology Policy Initiatives among Nations.
Schnitz, James E.; Azbell, Janet
While education systems from nation to nation differ significantly according to national character and local requirements, developments in public policy initiatives regarding the use of technology in schools have followed similar patterns among nations as diverse as the United States, Great Britain, Denmark, Italy, Viet Nam, Germany, France, Singapore, Japan, Mexico, and Brazil. This paper is based on participant observations in international meetings, collaborations, consultations, project planning, and negations, supported by key document reviews. It is postulated that the commonalities in such initiatives stem from the emergence of a global digital economy and society, and that education reform has taken on an unprecedented global character, regardless of initial status of an educational system, as a consequence. It is further postulated that the commonalities are the product of a reactive approach to educational reform, that rational decision-making has been inadequately applied to public policy and instructional decision-making, and that the issues not yet addressed promise to pose significant impediments to getting an adequate return on the broad investments in information and communications technology among the various nations. Appendices include a meetings and informants list and an overview of international grant sites for the IBM Reinventing Education Program. (Author/MES)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Policy, Educational Technology, Foreign Countries, Foreign Policy, Global Approach, Information Technology, Policy Formation, Telecommunications
For full text: http://confreg.uoregon.edu/necc2001/program/.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: United States