Miller, Errol L
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Institute of Education
The introduction of computers in secondary schools in Jamaica: A case of bottom up reform
Chapman, David; Mahlck, Lars O.
Adapting technology for school improvement : A global perspective
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International Institute for Educational Planning
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In the 1980s a few Jamaican high schools - the equivalent of secondary schools in other developing countries began installing computers for use by selected students and grades. The vision at that time was quite restricted. In the 1990s the situation changed dramatically as computers became more powerful and affordable, and as the Internet opened previously unknown vistas of communication. This chapter describes and discusses the initiatives that made it possible for Jamaica to provide all secondary schools with at least one computer laboratory by the year 2000. This achievement represents a case of bottom-up educational reform that raises questions beyond the confines of information and communications technology applied to education.....