Information and communication technology in education: Desires, promises, and obstacles

  • Erno Lehtinen
Part of the IFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 35)


Rather than a narrow inter-relatationship focused on technical skills, the challenge of ICT for education lies in the new types of knowledge that are opened through the technology. Complex problems in a world of rapid cultural and technological change, a re-consideration of styles of working, and new types of communication challenge both society and education. The focus of research has shifted to the social interaction when computers are used as part of the new learning environment. Yet despite promises of more effective learning, the reality is that learning differences are measurable mainly in experimental or special project classrooms. Change in regular classrooms has proved elusive. Recent evaluations of teachers’ responses to the pedagogical challenges illustrate the need for more effective implementation and dissemination strategies.

Key words

communication skills learning theory social interaction change research 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Erno Lehtinen
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  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of TurkuTurun YliopistoFinland

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