A comprehensive synthesis of research

Information and Communication Technology in education
  • Niki Davis
  • Roger Carlsen
Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 161)


The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is working to connect educational and community institutions to those with low resources, who are suffering challenges that can be hard for others to grasp. The aim is to build capacity using Information and Communication Technology (ICT). In this paper a comprehensive synthesis of research into ICT in education is given with the aim to inform the WSIS planning and action by drawing together reviews of policy and research, with an emphasis on formal education in schools and universities. The synthesis provides a picture of a complex situation by considering four reasons to invest in ICT in education: economic competitiveness, ICT to increase educational attainment, ICT to increase access to education, and ICT as a catalyst for educational renewal. It clarifies the complex challenges for such reengineering, which will require sustained interdisciplinary and intercultural collaboration to support the diversity of our emerging knowledge societies. This synthesis is a work in progress. The authors invite feedback and additional references to reviews of research, especially to research findings for the many underrepresented populations of the world.

Key words

access curriculum economic competitiveness educational attainment educational renewal ICT primary research synthesis secondary university 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Niki Davis
    • 1
    • 2
  • Roger Carlsen
    • 3
  1. 1.Iowa State University Center of Technology in Learning and TeachingIowa State UniversityAmesUSA
  2. 2.Institute of EducationUniversity of LondonUK
  3. 3.Department of Educational Leadership, Graduate Educational Technology, School of Education and Human ServicesWright State UniversityDaytonUSA

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