New Information Technologies in the French Educational System

  • Serge Pouts-Lajus
  • Eric Barchechath
  • Noëlle Barre
Part of the Technology-Based Education Series book series (TBES, volume 1)


The French educational system is traditionally highly centralized, even though the role of local authorities (departments and regions) tends to grow rapidly. The main orientation of the system’s education technology policy is decided by the Ministry of Education, with local authorities being in charge of practical implementation. Typical examples of such policy are the Computing for All Plan begun in 1985–86 and Mixed Licenses in 1988. Current practices are influenced by the willingness to stick to technology evolution and to use standardized software such as word processors, spreadsheets, or multimedia applications. The issue of educational technology’s rationale as a learning object or as a tool for learning is central to the dynamic of technology dissemination throughout the French educational system. In practice, the two rationales have been applied but only one has been valorized in the discourses.


Primary School Middle School School District Educational Establishment State Sector 
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  • Serge Pouts-Lajus
  • Eric Barchechath
  • Noëlle Barre

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