The Hong Kong information technology initiative: Its impact on vocational education

Poh Ean Agnes NG, Philip Douglas Lane GLENWRIGHT

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Abstract

In this study, the authors investigated the implementation of adopted information technology (IT) policy in representative institutes of the Vocational Training Council in Hong Kong. The article first introduces the context of the government’s 1997 IT initiative. It then reviews the literature on generally acknowledged advantages and limitations of IT in education. Next, the research methodology is briefly set out. In the study, the authors attempted to achieve a degree of triangulation by employing instruments from both the positivist and subjectivist paradigms, namely, questionnaire surveys of current staff-student IT use, and focused interviews with lecturing staff concerning personal evaluations of the project’s viability. Quantitative findings suggest some initial movement in the desired direction, but the qualitative data call for skepticism. It was concluded, therefore, that full implementation will be far from unproblematic. Copyright © 1999 International Vocational Education and Training Association.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-22
JournalInternational Journal of Vocational Education and Training
Volume7
Publication statusPublished - 1999

Citation

Ng, A. P. E., & Glenwright, P. (1999). The Hong Kong information technology initiative: Its impact on vocational education. International Journal of Vocational Education and Training, 7, 5-22.

Keywords

  • Government policy
  • Educational policy
  • Educational technology
  • Program evaluation
  • Attitude
  • Teachers

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