Knowledge Base for Information and Communication Technology in Education

  • Charoula AngeliEmail author
  • Nicos Valanides
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Part of the Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE)


This chapter systematically explores the knowledge base required by teachers for the effective application of ICT in education. The Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPCK) framework and developments in associated research are reviewed. The authors suggest an alternate approach for better understanding the knowledge base required for application of ICT in education by providing a theorization about technological knowledge in relation to how a teacher realizes and actualizes the pedagogical affordances of technological tools in teaching and learning. The authors conclude that this body of knowledge cannot exist outside the frame of reference of the teacher, can be developed through systematic learning activities targeting or facilitating its development, and grows with ongoing participation or involvement in valuable professional experiences. Implications for the nature of TPCK and its development are discussed.


Technological knowledge Teacher knowledge Technology affordances Technological pedagogical content knowledge 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CyprusNicosiaCyprus
  2. 2.Educational Robotics and Science OrganizationNicosiaCyprus

Section editors and affiliations

  • Peter Albion
    • 1
  • Jo Tondeur
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Teacher Education and Early ChildhoodUniversity of Southern QueenslandToowoombaAustralia
  2. 2.Ghent UniversityGhentBelgium

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