The worldwide use of computers : a description of main trends

W.J. Pelgrum, T. Plomp

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    This paper examines some of the main findings from the IEA Computers in Education survey. The results show that with respect to the future of computers in education there is reason for optimism as well as for pessimism. The optimistic part of the story is that new technologies in the form of computers are nowadays available for many schools in most so-called developed countries, and that despite the complexity of this innovation educational practitioners and students are still very enthusiastic about this technology. The pessimistic part is that there is still much inequity of access to computers. Once computers are available they tend to be used most frequently as an add-on to the existing curriculum. It is probably this lack of integration of computers in existing curricula which is most challenging in determining our agenda for the future.
    Original languageUndefined
    Pages (from-to)323-332
    Number of pages10
    JournalComputers & education
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1993


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