Encyclopedia of Education and Information Technologies

2020 Edition
| Editors: Arthur Tatnall

Computers and Educational Improvement

  • John AndersonEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-10576-1_103



This entry deals with the intersection of the use of computers (mainly in state or public rather than private or independent schools), dating from the late 1970s to the present day, with educational improvement (also in schools). It draws on experience in the school systems in the United Kingdom (UK), with examples from Northern Ireland (NI) in particular, although aspects refer to educational technology contexts across Europe.

As has been recognized for some 20 years and, as will be argued in this entry, uses of digital information and communication technologies (ICT) are deeply and irremovably embedded in a multifactorial way in many aspects of the life and work of schools, all of which contribute...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Education and Training InspectorateBangorNorthern Ireland

Section editors and affiliations

  • Don Passey
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning, Department of Educational ResearchLancaster UniversityLancasterUK