is this Framework?
This ICT in
Education Knowledge Framework is a directory of the knowledge
ICT in Education Professionals may need in their work.
Because ICT is a catalyst and enabler of ways to advance education,
as well as being an area of knowledge in its own right, much of
the knowledge that this framework points to is about current best
practice in education generally, where ICT has a role to play
The framework is focused on professional development. The
expansion of the areas of knowledge will guide the reader to a
mixture of common sense, practical perceptions and genuine enlightenment,
which we hope will aid all who are committed to making ICT work
harder to achieve the aims of their school.
expansions are balanced between guidance on doing the best possible
with the ICT currently available, and with the skills the majority
of teachers currently have, and possibilities for transforming
education and achievement. Guidance on how to transform education
may appear to be impractical and unachievable in the short term
but indicates what professionals might aspire to. The guidance
reflects the approaches to transforming education detailed in
the Naace Future Learning Toolkit (link to page).
importantly, the expansions provide only selections of the information
and resources considered most useful, in enabling users to understand
the scope of the area of knowledge and to gain access to the communities
active in developing the area of knowledge.
to use this Framework
recommend users particularly to:
decide what is the educational purpose that you are seeking to
advance using ICT. Without a clear purpose and context the huge
amount of information that this framework leads to can easily
overwhelm. With clear purpose and context it becomes possible
to decide what to ignore and to focus.
take note of the vocabulary that is pertinent to the area of knowledge
being explored. This will allow you to move beyond the selected
guidance provided in this framework and to use search tools to
explore more widely and deeply.
find the communities and experts that can provide continuing
and developing guidance. A key role that ICT is playing is in
connecting communities and in enabling access to people leading
development of professional knowledge.
Why the Framework is linked to professional accreditation
a professional community Naace and the many partners working
collaboratively to develop this framework, and the knowledge
it points to, are building the consensus on how best to advance
education using ICT.
is achieved it can become the basis for professional qualifications.
Incorporation of areas of knowledge into accreditations, qualifications
and quality marks indicates that these areas of knowledge are
considered important by the communities leading development.
Linkage of a resource to a qualification or quality mark provides
a measure of the quality of the resource itself.
of accreditation into this framework is also important because
of the need to professionalise the education workforce, to enable
schools/colleges to identify the best professionals to fulfil
their needs, and to enhance the careers of those education professionals
prepared to commit the effort to increasing their professional
About this version of the Framework
This is an initial prototype. We are at an early stage
in exploring how to structure the areas of knowledge within
the matrix of:
the main parameters of the education system,
- school/college organisation and management
- the knowledge, skills and understanding we seek to enable
learners to gain;
and the accreditations, qualifications and quality marks that
indicate importance of knowledge.
The Naace Pull CPD Project will shortly draw together
a group of Naace members and partners to establish and agree
a first iteration of the top-level areas of knowledge that will
exist in this framework. Areas of knowledge currently identified
may be added to, combined or re-framed. The areas currently
shown are just examples of the kinds of areas that may be included.
The Pull CPD project will then commission expansions
of areas of knowledge where there is strong professional development
need, by the communities leading development in these main areas.
Naace members wishing to be involved in this process
should emailing the Project Coordinator, Roger Broadie: Roger@Broadie.demon.co.uk
comments about this Framework should also be sent to Roger@Broadie.demon.co.uk.