Policy catch up: developing nations and developing ICT policy documents

Duncan-Howell, Jennifer A. & Lee, Kar-Tin (2008) Policy catch up: developing nations and developing ICT policy documents. In British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference 2008, 3-6th September 2008, Herriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.


The development of a national Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy document is an intensive process. Ideally, when a country has prioritised the drafting of such a document, there is comprehensive development and consultation. The various stakeholders involved in this process are equally represented and time is available for conference and drafting. This process would be typical of many developed nations, who may now be progressing towards the fifth or sixth manifestation of their national ICT policy document. However, in developing nations there is a sense of urgency and perceived need to 'catch up' with the rest of the world. The process of drafting ICT policy documents for education is much shorter and more pressurised. Many of these developing nations look to the countries who are further down the path of policy development upon which to model their own document. This modelling offers both advantages and disadvantages. As much of the policy formulation work in developing countries is sponsored by external agencies, there is an additional pressure to be accountable and produce a document quickly. However, these processes may in fact be undermining the effectiveness of the document being drafted.

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ID Code: 13651
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Administration Management and Leadership (130304)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
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Deposited On: 12 Sep 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:59

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