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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 5, No. 3 (2009) open journal systems 


Exploring the status of ICT use in adult education: Perspectives from eight European countries - “reflections, insights, and challenges”

Muhammet Demirbilek, Suleyman Demirel University


Abstract
This paper reports on the results from a structured survey returned from participants in Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Romania, Spain and Turkey (together with an agreed shorter submission from Cyprus). Participant countries’ status of use of information and communication technology (ICT) use in adult education specifically the national or regional policies in place, the curriculum framework ICT use in practice, availability of online learning resources and tools, reflections, insights, and challenges were examined. Furthermore, the paper shed some lights on potential use of mobile phones and games as ICT tools in adult education. The result of the study suggests that although in some of the countries, especially the new member and candidate countries, firmly-conceived national strategies for adult education are only beginning to emerge; the drive to develop in line with EU goals, policies and standards on lifelong learning is now creating opportunities for innovative approaches everywhere.


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International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology. ISSN: 1814-0556