Digital Learning, Analogical Schools

By Oscar Moltó, Laura Domingo and Juana M Sancho Gil.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This paper shows part of the results of a RTD project, the main aim of which is to explore continuities and discontinuities between educational policy and school practice in the use of ICT. Twelve in-depth interviews with people responsible for the development and implementation of ICT policy in Catalonia, the critical discourse analyses of relevant documents, and four case studies (2 in primary schools and 2 in secondary schools) with specific ICT projects, have enabled us to explore the difficulties and opportunities for the development of a digital culture in an institution with a heavily-rooted analogical tradition made of compartmentalised times and spaces, fragmented subject-matters, teacher-centred teaching and learning models, and assessments systems based on repetition and application.
When policy-makers create new discourses they usually take rather long to influence teachers’ mentality and schools’ everyday life. School funding for acquiring and maintaining the needed infrastructure, an organisational environment that supports and propels technology-driven innovation, professional development of teachers linked to improvement projects, and a holistic view of the curriculum all seem to be the essential elements to promote innovative digital learning.

Keywords: ICT in Education, School Innovation, Educational Policy, Educational Change, Teacher Education

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 11, pp.293-304. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.271MB).

Oscar Moltó

Research Assistant, Department of Didactics and Educational Management, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Laura Domingo

Research Assistant, Department of Didactics and Educational Management, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Prof. Juana M Sancho Gil

Professor, Department of Didactics and Educational Management, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain


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