Research questions


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What previous applicable theories are there?

There is a huge volume of literature concerning theories of education. Some of these theories are being challenged by the availability of ICTs and need to be re-assessed.
What activities within the processes of teaching and learning benefit most from the adoption of ICTs? (first perspective)

Much existing research is tightly focused on "e-learning". There are many other aspects of teaching and learning that might benefit from ICTs, for example administration.
What stages in the progression of education benefit most from the adoption of ICTs? (second perspective)

There has been a tendency for ICTs to migrate into education from the "top down" - from higher eduction, into secondary schools, and then into primary schools.
What competencies are most important for teachers at different stages in the progression of education using ICTs?

All the ICTs in the world are of no account if teachers and learners are unable to use them. In research into ICT use, there is a focus on "computer literacy", but knowing how to simply operate technology is not enough - it is also necessary to be able to produce relevant outputs so as to achieve appropriate outcomes.
What cultural and ethnic traits are most important to recognise in learners at different stages in the progression of education using ICTs?

An individual's ability to use technology effectively is dependent on their background and education. Much existing research assumes that the same patterns of capability apply at all levels, and in all circumstances. This must be investigated.
What indicators most reliably tell teachers and learners how well they are doing when teaching and learning at different stages in the progression of education using ICTs?

At the end of the day, we need to be able see the improvement in educational outcomes arising from the adoption of ICTs and compare them with earlier performance.
In addressing the above questions, the research will provide new guidelines for future investment in ICTs in education, benefiting educators, policy makers, and (of course) learners. The project will develop a new body of knowledge, embodied in this wiki, that will provide all interested parties with unfettered access to the outputs of the research.