Encyclopedia of Education and Information Technologies

2020 Edition
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Computer-Based Training and School ICT Adoption, A Sociocultural Perspective

  • Miriam JudgeEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-10576-1_77



Various terms and concepts are used to describe how computers and technology generally are employed in schools and how they support the training of teachers. Since its inception, educational computing and its associated terms have been shaped by both the technology itself as well as by prevailing teaching and learning paradigms and their associated psychological and pedagogical underpinnings. In its 60-year history, educational computing has evolved through three key phases, each lasting approximately 20 years. This evolution has not occurred in isolation, but rather has been a complex continuum involving a confluence of concurrent developments in technology, psychology, and pedagogy.

The first phase which ran from the early 1960s to the early 1980s ushered in the era of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of CommunicationsDublin City UniversityDublinIreland

Section editors and affiliations

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