By Neil Selwyn
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Whilst ICTs can overcome situational and institutional barriers they can perhaps do less to alter the social complexities of people’s lives and the ‘fit’ of education in these lives. As Kennedy-Wallace (2002:49) reminds us, ‘whether learning online in the workplace, in college or at home, e-learning is still about learning and culture, not just technology and infrastructure’. ICT may not lead to ‘better forms’ of learning It can also be argued that different forms of technology-based educational provision are more conducive to certain types of learning over others—thus challenging the ability of ICT to effectively widen participation in all forms of learning.
1994). These costs are clearly more restrictive for the poor, and to some extent for women, who are still faced with the greater burden of child-care, for which support is generally poor (NIACE 1994), and other domestic responsibilities (Park 1994). The loss of time, particularly for a social life, is another cost of learning in some cases, especially in a country such as the UK with some of the longest average working weeks in Europe (McGivney 1993). Adult education is now suffering not so much from lack of leisure time but from the multiplicity of opportunities available for that time (Kelly 1992).
4 billion to ‘e-government’ projects by 2006 (Caulkin 2004). These policies have centred on establishing the electronic delivery of public services to citizens, addressing social inequalities in the use of ICTs and improving the UK’s economic competitiveness through the up-skilling of the workforce. From the early stages of this policy drive, public ICT provision was seen to underpin the inclusiveness and effectiveness of all these objectives. As Tambini (2000:11) contended, unless all citizens were quickly provided with access to the technology required to make use of these ICTbased public services then any government’s efforts would ‘look increasingly illegitimate, as citizens that have paid for those services will have no access to them’.