Integration of Subject Related ICT in Schools Is Failing; Could Revival of System Dynamics and Simulations Be an Example towards Improvement?

  • Harald Haugen
  • Bodil Ask
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 73)

Abstract

A recent survey of teachers in 172 different Norwegian schools reveals that the integration of new technology into different subjects is far from the goals set by the Ministry. A total of around 1000 teachers responded to extensive questionnaires particularly developed for each one of 8 school subjects. The dominant uses in classrooms are related to standard software and Internet browsers. Very few teachers indicate that they apply software or technology going deeper into their subject teaching, promoting understanding and insight.

Recalling the visions of software tools for construction of dynamic models, class discussions of flows and accumulations, mutual interactions of dependant variables etc. in the 1990-ies, a tempting idea is to revitalise these tools and ideas for better integration and involvement of ICT in the learning of several school subjects and topics. Increased computer capacity, broadband connections should count in favour of even better results in 2010.

Keywords

survey ICT in schools integration into subjects system dynamics examples 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harald Haugen
    • 1
  • Bodil Ask
    • 2
  1. 1.Stord/Haugesund University CollegeNorway
  2. 2.University of AgderNorway

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