Alberta Education Technology Policy Analysis: Implications and Future Directions

By Charmaine Brooks.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Faculties of Education in Alberta are required to prepare teachers to integrate technology but to what end? Is technology being positioned as a vehicle to enhance classroom practice or as means of preparing K-12 students for the ‘global marketplace’ by developing skills within the curriculum – or both? Results of a critical analysis of Alberta Education’s Business Plan, the Learning and Technology Policy Framework and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Program of Studies reveals the diverse, sometimes contradictory, role of technology in schools. Discussion will consider ICT policy within a broader conception of public schooling in order to further illuminate, and question, the current assumptions in ICT policy discourse while considering the possibilities for Faculties of Education to position technology within a pedagogically focused strategy.

Keywords: Technology, Educational Reform, Policy, Critical Discourse Analysis, Global Marketplace

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 7, pp.139-146. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 551.339KB).

Charmaine Brooks

PhD Student, Secondary Education, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

I am a PhD student at the University of Alberta in the Department of Secondary Education. My research interest focuses on the ways in which technology is positioned to initiate educational reform in Alberta. I am intrigued by how policy directions have been interpreted and implemented by Alberta Education and other provincial educational leaders. My recent professional experience includes two positions with Alberta Education; first as a Learning and Technology Consultant and then as the Curriculum Implementation Coordinator. Prior to joining Alberta Education, I was a Learning and Technology consultant for an urban school district in Alberta which allowed me to become aware of implementation issues at the micro-level. My Masters degree explored the ways in which secondary teachers were using technology.

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