The Information Age

Technology, Learning and Exclusion in Wales

Edited by Stephen Gorard and Neil Sewyn

The Information Age

Edited by Stephen Gorard and Neil Sewyn

Distributed for University of Wales Press

226 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 | © 2002
Paper $15.00 ISBN: 9780708317082 Published January 2002 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
It is widely recognized that Wales, as a small country linked to a much larger neighbor within both the European context and a globalized economy, must develop separate policies for the use of new technologies.  How this is achieved in practice, however, is proving to be less straightforward.  The Information Age offers a critical examination of the challenges a newly devolved Wales faces in reinventing itself as a confident and competitive ’e-nation.’
Neil Selwyn and Stephen Gorard suggest that small countries will lose out if they fail to adopt appropriate strategies for lifelong learning and combat the danger of a ’digital divide.’  at the same time, their extensive empirical research offers early indications of the likely shortcomings of relying on technology alone to promote knowledge and social inclusion.  Wales faces major structural, economic and socio-cultural challenges.  None of these will be overcome by relying solely on ’technical fixes.’

List of Abbreviations

1.   Thinking about Wales in an Information Age

2.   Information Age Issues for Wales

3.   The Policies and Politics of an Information Age

4.   Social Aspects of an Information Age

5.   Lifelong Learning in Wales

6.   ICT as a Solution for Education

7.   Researching the Information Age

8.   Examining Welsh Patterns of Participation in Education and Training

9.   The Rise of the Virtual Education Movement 

10.  ICT Solutions to Non-participation: Early Indications

11.  Voices of ‘Technological’ Participants in Education

12.  The Future for Wales in an Information Age

Appendix: Further Details of Research Methods


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