Foreword Information and Communication Technology
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Information and Communication Technology

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) permeates the business environment and underpins the success of modern corporations as well as providing government with cost efficient civil service systems. At the same time, the tools and techniques of ICT are of value in the processes of learning, and in the organisation and management of learning institutions. The Internet is a driving force, interconnecting both developed and developing countries.

Countries must be able to benefit from the technological developments. To be able to do so a cadre of professionals has to be educated with a sound ICT-background, independent of specific computer platforms or software environments.

Technological developments lead to changes in work and changes in the organisation of work. Therefore required competencies are changing. Gaining in importance are the following competencies:

A secondary ICT-curriculum should contribute to the building up of a reservoir of professionals with these new competencies.

The real-life use of ICT cuts across all aspects of economical and social life. Technological developments in ICT are very rapid. Technological knowledge quickly becomes obsolete and new technology has to be frequently mastered. Smooth adaptation is only possible when understanding of ICT is based on invariant, stable concepts.