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Operating systems?: an analysis of the structural relationship between the ICT industries and education

By Julian Sefton-Green


This essay explores the relationship between the IT industries and the education system with a view to understanding how the mix of private sector interests and public provision might influence one another in the future. It considers the issues involved in looking at the role of markets in education and theorises the relationships of IT industries between and across education sectors. It draws the shape and structure of the IT marketplace in education by looking at current trends. It then examines market drivers and looks at the implied teacher/lecturer, models of technological control versus aspirations for technological transformation, issues of supply and demand and tensions created by the relationship of capital versus revenue funding considering questions of market failure, key policy drivers and some of the issues relating to the differences between the development of open source and commercial growth. The final section explores questions for policy offering levers for change. These include evaluations of and responses to change models, the meaning of our interest in private and public relationships as a binary opposition, the role of the techno-elite and questions of market growth, failure, saturation and normalisation. A concluding section lays out possible directions for future scenarios focusing on the tensions between diversification and integration in the marketplace and an understanding of how this model impacts upon change within the education system

Topics: H Social Sciences (General), HD Industries. Land use. Labor, L Education (General), T Technology (General)
Publisher: Beyond Current Horizons
Year: 2009
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Provided by: LSE Research Online
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