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Exploring the Secret Garden: the growing importance of ICT in the home

Wellington, J. (2001) Exploring the Secret Garden: the growing importance of ICT in the home. British Journal of Educational Technology, 32 (2). pp. 233-244. ISSN 0007-1013

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Abstract

The use of ICT (information and communication technology) in homes is growing faster than its use in schools and colleges-and there are already more systems in homes than in educational settings. This article argues that we should attempt to enter the area which most research on ICT in education tends to ignore: the secret garden of the learner at home. It is based partly on two pilot case-studies of secondary schools and a small sample of their students. Given the paucity of research in this area the article poses more questions than it answers. What are the implications of ICT use at home for teachers in schools? Do home systems interfere with school education or can they be used to enhance it! How should teachers respond to, and assess, work done using home ICT? Is the home situation widening the gap between one set of pupils (the "haves" of ICT) and another? Suggestions for school policies and action research for the future are put forward.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2001 British Educational Communications and Technology Agency. This is an electronic version of an article published in British Journal of Educational Technology: complete citation information for the final version of the paper, as published in the print edition of British Journal of Educational Technology , is available on the Blackwell Synergy online delivery service, accessible via the journal's website at www.blackwellpublishing.com/journal.asp?ref=0007-1013 or www.blackwell-synergy.com
Keywords: ICT, home learning, classroom learning, national curriculum, case-study
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > School of Education (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 27 May 2005
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 22:44
Published Version: http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journal.asp?ref...
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/502

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