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The OECD as an arena for debate on the future uses of computers in schools


Hof, Barbara; Bürgi, Regula (2021). The OECD as an arena for debate on the future uses of computers in schools. Globalisation, Societies and Education:1-13.

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Computer education was an integral part of curriculum development and a priority of the OECD’s policy agenda at the turn of the 1970s. Based on an analysis of archival documents, programme overviews and publications, this article describes how the introduction of computers in the classroom was advocated by the OECD and, more specifically, how this fostered the creation of an arena for the production of knowledge. The article sheds light on the OECD as an arena for the pooling and channelling of ideas relating to the uses of school computers. It, therefore, not only fills a gap in the history of educational technology, but also demonstrates how knowledge was catalysed and disseminated by this international governmental organisation. Furthermore, the study analyses an attempt to intervene in national policy-making that was withdrawn before it was implemented.

Abstract

Computer education was an integral part of curriculum development and a priority of the OECD’s policy agenda at the turn of the 1970s. Based on an analysis of archival documents, programme overviews and publications, this article describes how the introduction of computers in the classroom was advocated by the OECD and, more specifically, how this fostered the creation of an arena for the production of knowledge. The article sheds light on the OECD as an arena for the pooling and channelling of ideas relating to the uses of school computers. It, therefore, not only fills a gap in the history of educational technology, but also demonstrates how knowledge was catalysed and disseminated by this international governmental organisation. Furthermore, the study analyses an attempt to intervene in national policy-making that was withdrawn before it was implemented.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Education
Dewey Decimal Classification:370 Education
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Education
Uncontrolled Keywords:Education; CERI; computer education;knowledge production;policy-making; educationaltechnology
Language:English
Date:25 January 2021
Deposited On:09 Feb 2021 10:47
Last Modified:10 Feb 2021 21:00
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1476-7724
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/14767724.2021.1878015

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