Title: Developing basic key skills through the use of ICT tools

Authors: Rosa Maria Bottino, Paola Cutugno

Addresses: Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto per la Matematica, Applicata, Via De Marini 6, 16149 Genova, Italy. Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto Circuiti Elettronici, Via De Marini 6, 16149 Genova, Italy

Abstract: In this paper, we seek to establish a link between some basic key skills and the way in which ICT could be used to foster those skills in schools. This is preceded by a brief introduction examining what the term key skill usually stands for. We investigate how ICT can be used to foster the development of skills that are not specifically related to a particular disciplinary field or technical ability but which are relevant and useful in primary and secondary school education and can affect access to future employment. A new element presented in this work concerns the possibility of reflecting about relationships which, thanks to an appropriate use of technology, are being established between processes of innovation in school, teaching practice and the changing abilities and methods required in the world of work.

Keywords: key skills; employability skills; information and communication technologies; school innovation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2001.000392

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2001 Vol.11 No.3, pp.179-188

Published online: 16 Jul 2003 *

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