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Lessons from the future: ICT scenarios and the education of teachers

Williams, Peter


Peter Williams


This paper reviews significant events of the last 25 years in schools and teacher education in England and looks ahead to the next 25 years. Various scenarios for the future are examined and the potential is considered for new forms of teachers' initial education and continuing professional development using information and communications technology. It is concluded that the current centrally-controlled national system is increasingly inappropriate to present needs and will fracture under the combination of pressures of a commodified education market, learners' consumerist expectations of personalised provision, and networks of informal learning enabled by widespread access to portable communications technology. Four lessons from this future prediction are drawn, with recommendations for radical changes in government policy and orientation. © 2005 Taylor & Francis.

Journal Article Type Review
Publication Date Nov 1, 2005
Journal Journal of education for teaching
Print ISSN 0260-7476
Electronic ISSN 1360-0540
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 31
Issue 4
Pages 319-339
APA6 Citation Williams, P. (2005). Lessons from the future: ICT scenarios and the education of teachers. Journal of education for teaching : JET, 31(4), 319-339.
Keywords Teacher education
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Copyright Statement ©2016 the Author
Additional Information This is the author's accepted manuscript of an article published in Journal of education for teaching, 2005, v.31 issue 4.


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