ICT, Education and Impact Learning in the Social Sciences

By Terry Haydn.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Recent developments in the field of new technology have revolutionised the ways in which knowledge transfer can occur in the social sciences. This has created both problems and opportunities. On the one hand, it has become much easier to transmit information through the use of new technology. On the other hand, there is a problem of information overload. One English head teacher recently weighed what he had been sent by the Department for Education in a month and it came to 38 kilos, more than the weight of most of his pupils (Times Educational Supplement 27 June 2003). Much of this information is simply binned or ignored. Moreover, even information which is ‘actioned’ quickly disappears from the consciousness of recipients. As Fontana (1993) notes, ‘We each of us receive a constant and varied stream of experiences throughout our waking moments, each one of which can potentially give rise to learning, yet most of which apparently vanish without trace from our mental lives.’
The paper examines some of the misconceptions and mistaken assumptions which have been made with regard to the use of new technology for knowledge transfer in the social sciences, with particular reference to the field of education, and some ways of using new technology which have been shown to lead to effective knowledge transfer and ‘impact’ learning. The findings have implications for both research and teaching in education and other social sciences.

Keywords: New Technology, ICT, Knowledge Transfer, Impact Learning, Education

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.23-30. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 526.292KB).

Dr. Terry Haydn

Reader in Education, School of Education and Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk, UK

Dr. Terry Haydn is a Reader in Education in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England. He works in teacher education and was formerly in the Department of History, Humanities and Philosophy at the Institute of Education, University of London, before becoming Director of the Secondary Teacher Education Programme at the University of East Anglia in 1996. His research interests include the history curriculum in schools and the use of new technology in education. He has undertaken a number of research projects in the UK related to the use of ICT in education and has published widely in this field.

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