This paper offers a critical analysis of the UK coalition Government’s educational computing policies. It argues that such policies must be viewed in relation to the broader ideological intent underpinning their development and the neo liberal orientation that seeks to further privatise and marketise education. In examining the related justificatory discourse, it is argued that the ideological origins of policy direction are masked through the selective use of selective and questionable ‘evidence’ to support policies facilitating the further encroachment of vested industry interests. Furthermore, the symbolic re-presentation and repositioning of technology in schools through the disapplication of ICT Programmes of Study and a new emphasis on the teaching of computer science, not only diverts the purpose of education and educational technology further toward the needs of industry but may also lead to computer science being constructed as an elitist and selective subject. This is likely to have profound implications in terms of equality, with schools, individuals and groups who have less economic, social and cultural capitals being most at risk of a new form of digital exclusion.
|Number of pages||19|
|Journal||The Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jul 2013|
Bibliographical note© 2013 Institute for Education Policy Studies
- educational computing
- neo liberal ideology
- computer science