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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

The Horizontal and Vertical Expansion of ICT within the Educational System

Vassilios Dagdilelis, Eleni Deligianni.

Information Technology, both as a field of study and as a means of teaching and learning support, has been and still is transforming as far as the educational system is concerned. The teaching of IT as well as its use as a pedagogical medium accounts around 20 years, at least in Europe’s Secondary Education. However, while it originally constituted an independent research field with an explicit didactic profile, it gradually expanded in other aspects of schooling and started interacting with the rest of the educational fields.
This type of expansion may be called horizontal - implicating its increasing relation to the rest of the educational areas and not a strict evolution of Information Technology itself – which could be identified as vertical.
Therefore, Information Technology in addition to being a scientific field was also used in the Administration of Education and furthermore in the 90’s it was raised to a teaching support tool. During this period, Information Technology was not only incorporated in various scientific areas and their tutoring, but it also had a profound influence on them. Concurrently, the development of networks and the Internet in general had a major impact on the teacher - student communication, hence defining a new reference framework for their interaction.
The current decade seems to be influencing education on a different level: new ways of communication consequently open up new prospects for interpersonal communication, but furthermore for the political substance of people, what we refer to as e-citizenship. Education is called upon to formulate the future citizens, who will utilize these new/digital technologies as active members of the society: to have a critical attitude towards the social messages, to actively take part in the decisions that interest them, to become critical “consumers” and “producers” of digital discourse.

This paper attempts to examine the consequences of this expansion within the educational system.


Vassilios Dagdilelis  (Greece)
Assistant Professor
Department of Educational and Social Policy
University of Macedonia

Eleni Deligianni  (Greece)

University of Macedonia

  • Digital Literacy
  • Media Literacy

(Virtual Presentation, English)