Creating contexts for learning with ICT in schools

Document Type

Book Chapter


Sense Publishers


Faculty of Education and Arts


School of Education / Centre for Schooling and Learning Technologies




Newhouse, C. P., & Clarkson, B. D. (2008). Creating contexts for learning with ICT in schools. In N. Yelland, Neal, G.A., and Dakich, E. (Eds.). Rethinking Education with ICT: New Directions for Effective Practice (pp. 57-78). Location: Sense Publishers.


As schools increase their use of Information and Communications Technologies (JCT) to support teaching and learning, critical analysis is needed on how the technologies are applied to the curriculum. This chapter outlines the development and implementation of a key dimension of a comprehensive framework designed to describe, evaluate and promote the effective use of JCT by students in schools. This 'Learning Environment Attributes' dimension of the framework was developed from a review of the literature to determine the attributes of learning environments that were likely to be enhanced by appropriate use of ICT by students. A rubric – based tool was developed to facilitate the measurement of this dimension that was then trialed in an evaluation project involving a sample of schools. The tool and dimension were found to be effective for individual teacher's classes and from a whole-school perspective. The set of attributes in the dimension provide teachers with a useful construct to guide planning for the use of ICT and evaluate progress in the meaningful integration of ICT to support the learning of students.

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