This article reports the results of a recent project designed to explore issues in using information and communications technology (ICT) in the professional training of preschool education specialists. The focus of the study was on the effectiveness of ICT in promoting and maintaining educational collaboration. Electronic conferencing facilities were set up and their utilisation monitored. Factors associated with non-participation were explored further by means of questionnaires. Gender issues in the use of ICT emerged as an important focus in this context. The authors identify barriers to full conference participation at a number of levels. They suggest that, unless these potential human and technological barriers are addressed, the impact of ICT in this field may continue to be relatively limited.
|Number of pages||19|
|Journal||Journal of Technology in Human Services|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2002|
- Electronic conferencing
- Distance learning
- Professional collaboration
- Early years education