Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xlii
  2. Education in the Information Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-4
    2. David Mioduser, Rafi Nachmias, Alona Forkosh-Baruch
      Pages 23-42
    3. John Ainley, Laura Enger, Dara Searle
      Pages 63-80
    4. J. Enrique Hinostroza, Christian Labbé, Leonardo López, Hans Iost
      Pages 81-96
    5. Alfons ten Brummelhuis, Els Kuiper
      Pages 97-111
  3. IT and Curriculum Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-116
    2. Mary Webb
      Pages 133-148
    3. Rafi Nachmias, David Mioduser, Alona Forkosh-Baruch
      Pages 163-179
    4. Susan McKenney, Nienke Nieveen, Allard Strijker
      Pages 195-210
  4. IT and the Learning Process

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-214
    2. Seng Chee Tan, Lay Hoon Seah, Jennifer Yeo, David Hung
      Pages 249-266
    3. Maarit Arvaja, Päivi Häkkinen, Marja Kankaanranta
      Pages 267-279
    4. Xiaodong Lin, Florence R. Sullivan
      Pages 281-298
  5. IT Competencies and Attitudes

  6. IT, Pedagogical Innovations, and Teacher Learning

  7. IT in Schools

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 539-542
    2. Sara Dexter
      Pages 543-554
    3. Neal Strudler, Doug Hearrington
      Pages 579-596
    4. Nigel Bennett
      Pages 597-613
    5. Yong Zhao, Bo Yan, Jing Lei
      Pages 633-653
  8. IT and Distance Learning in K-12 Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 655-658
    2. Roumen Nikolov, Iliana Nikolova
      Pages 659-674
    3. Malcolm Beazley, Julie McLeod, Lin Lin
      Pages 675-693
    4. John H. Southworth, Curtis P. Ho, Shigeru Narita
      Pages 713-724

About this book


Since the introduction of the computer into education in the 1960’s its potential for K-12 education has been widely recognized. The terminology used, at times confusing due to rapid technology change, has continuously evolved. We are in transition to an information society, and the term computer technology has been replaced by information technology (IT) or information and communication technology (ICT). New demands from the information society require education to focus on information management and communication skills, for which IT can be an essential resource. IT offers promising environments and tools to support new approaches to teaching and learning.

Despite major investments, the implementation of IT in education has been a persistent problem. And, although it is generally assumed that IT has high potential for improving education, major research findings have only recently confirmed positive results of IT on students’ performance.

While there is a vast amount of research on information technology (IT) in K-12 education, most of it is scattered. Until now, a unified presentation of the research from a broad international perspective has not been accomplished. As a ground-breaking publication, the two-volume International Handbook on Information Technology (full title) synthesizes the major issues and directions of research in the field.

One major focus of the Handbook is the design and potential of IT-based student learning environments. Offering the latest research in IT and the learning process, distance learning, and emerging technologies for education, these chapters address the critical issue of the potential for IT to improve K-12 education.

A second important theme deals with the implementation of IT in educational practice. In these chapters, barriers and opportunities for IT implementation are studied from several perspectives: the teacher, the curriculum, the school organization and educational policy. Curriculum, competencies and attitudes, teacher learning, schools, and international and regional programs and policies are examined, to improve understanding how the implementation of IT in K-12 educational practice can be supported.

Additional topics addressed in the Handbook include the role of education in the information society, threats to equity in education and as well various approaches to research in IT in education.

The International Handbook on Information Technology in Primary and Secondary Education provides researchers, policy makers and practitioners with an integrated and detailed overview of this complex field, making it an essential reference for all libraries and educators.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Joke Voogt
    • 1
  • Gerald Knezek
    • 2
  1. 1.University of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands
  2. 2.University of North TexasDentonUSA

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