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[school-discuss] CFP: Empirical Surveys on the Adoption of ICTs in Schools: From wishful thinking to constructivist learning and beyond @ IJ of Knowledge and Learning

Title: CFP: Empirical Surveys on the Adoption of ICTs in Schools: From wishful thinking to constructivist learning and beyond @ IJ of Knowledge and Learning

International Journal of Knowledge and Learning

ISSN (Online): 1741-1017  - ISSN (Print): 1741-1009
URL: http://www.inderscience.com/ijkl

Special Issue on

Empirical Surveys on the Adoption of ICTs in Schools: From wishful
thinking to constructivist learning and beyond

Special Issue Editors

Griff Richards, School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser
University, Canada, http://lore.iat.sfu.ca/index.html, email: griff@xxxxxx

Dragan Gasevic, School of Interactive Arts and Technology
Simon Fraser University, Canada, http://www.sfu.ca/~dgasevic/, email:

Weihong Huang, Kingston University London, United Kingdom,
http://cism.kingston.ac.uk/momed/wayne.html, email: W.Huang@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Miltiadis Lytras, Research Academic Computer Technology Institute and
Business Administration Department, University of Patras, Hellas,

Call for Papers and Invitation to participate in an international survey

The International Journal of Knowledge and Learning seeks original
manuscripts for the special issue on “Empirical Surveys on the Adoption of
ICTs in Schools: From wishful thinking to constructivist learning and
beyond” scheduled to appear in mid 2007.

In the past several decades, Information and Communication Technologies
have been widely used in schools worldwide. Visions and realities, wishful
thinking and tough daily learning conditions in real educational settings,
set a context for questioning:

- How can we promote the adoption of ICTs in school towards more effective
learning and teaching?

- How can we exploit ICTs for the personal and professional development of
teachers and managers in primary and secondary education?

- How can we utilise emerging ICTs to establish quality standards in
education at the regional and national levels?

- How can we develop social networks on the top of ICT-supported
infrastructure for collaborative learning and exploitation of social

- How can we investigate new learning paradigms that are down to earth (in
terms of understanding by educational community and of applicability)?

It is obvious that this list is endless. Not only because learning is a
fascinating and context-aware process but mostly because learning is about
inspiring new generations for a better world.

All over the world, thousands of initiatives by well established
government or non-government bodies, investments of billions of dollars
and creative work of millions of people just try to answer a simple
question: “How can ICTs improve learning and instruction?”

The ultimate objective of the special issue: to present empirical surveys
from all over the world that demonstrate the ways that ICT’s are being
exploited in real educational contexts.

In parallel with this issue, the guest editors have undertaken an
international effort to run in late 2006 an internationally survey in 10
countries with a unified methodology and research tool [anybody interested
in participating to this global effort just send a mail to the guest

This special issue is complementary to another special issue under
development on: “Knowledge and Learning Technologies for National
Educational Systems: New Horizons for Open Minds” edited by David
Jonassen, University of Missouri, USA, Albert Angehrn, INSEAD, France,
Miltiadis Lytras, University of Patras, Greece and Ambjörn Naeve, Royal
Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden,


Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Empirical surveys at regional and national levels for the adoption of
ICTs for effective learning and teaching

- Surveys on required competencies for teachers, and managers of education
in the context of technology enhanced education

- Surveys on required policies for the integration of ICTs in strategic
planning and considerations in school education

- Case studies of implementations that illustrate good practice and show
alignment of strategies at class, school, schoolboard, and ministry levels

Important Dates

15th June 2006: Submission of abstracts
15th Sept 2006: Full article submission
15th November:  Notification to authors
15th December 2006: Final versions due
Mid 2007: Publication

Style and Author Guidelines

This special issue will be developed according to a mixed strategy of Open
Call and Personal Invitations. Contributors are kindly requested to
contact Dr. Miltiadis D. Lytras (lytras@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx) at an early stage
aiming to confirm the suitability of their contribution to the special
issue. Submitted articles must not have been previously published or
currently submitted for journal publication elsewhere. As an author, you
are responsible for understanding and adhering to our submission
guidelines. You can access them by clicking on:


Please thoroughly read these before submitting your manuscript. Please
submit your paper to Dr. Miltiadis D. Lytras