ERIC Number: EJ874325
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
In Defence of IT in Australian Schools: A Critique of "No Train No Gain"
Australian Educational Computing, v21 n1 p3-8 Jun 2006
In November, 2005, an article entitled "No train no gain" (Thorp, 2005) quietly appeared in "The Australian." In the closing paragraphs of the article, the President of the Australian Computer Society placed the blame for the falling number of students enrolling in IT courses at university on how IT is taught in our schools. This paper is written in response to this accusation and in defence of Australia's teachers and IT curricula. Accusations like this, however specious, need to be challenged to prevent their gaining credence through repetition. Accusations made by groups with the status of the Australian Computer Society similarly need to be challenged before they become the cornerstone of policy directives. This paper identifies a number of problematic definitions and assumptions underlying the accusation and suggests that there is danger in offering simple causes for complex problems.
Descriptors: Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Misconceptions, Reader Response, Curriculum Evaluation, Information Technology, Educational Principles, Educational Practices, Instructional Effectiveness, Criticism, Declining Enrollment, Information Science Education
Australian Council for Computers in Education. P.O. Box 1255, Belconnen, ACT 2616, Australia. Tel: +61-3-9349-3733; Fax: +61-3-9349-5356; Web site: http://www.acce.edu.au
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia