Educação & Sociedade
Print version ISSN 0101-7330
SELWYN, Neil. The use of ICT in education and the promotion of social inclusion: a critical perspective from the UK. Educ. Soc. [online]. 2008, vol.29, n.104, pp. 815-850. ISSN 0101-7330. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-73302008000300009.
This paper provides a critical overview of current policy efforts to use technologies to enhance educational outcomes and promote social inclusion in education. Using the UK as an example the paper identifies two trends in current policymaking, i.e. i) educational provision focussed policies which seek to use technologies to promote equality educational opportunities and outcomes; and ii) technological access focussed policies which seek to use education to ensure social inclusion in terms of technological opportunities and outcomes. Through a discussion of the social, economic and cultural limitations of these approaches the paper considers a number of issues which lie at the heart of more effective technology and education in the future.
Keywords : ICT; Internet; Digital divide; E-learning; Social inclusion.