Business Education

Topics: Education, Educational psychology, Educational technology Pages: 22 (6323 words) Published: March 23, 2013
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INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY AND BUSINESS EDUCATION IN NIGERIA

Agbo Joel Christopher Onu, PhD
Department of Business Administration,Faculty of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria

Abstract Technological change and globalization have created a new global economy with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) occupying a complex position in relation to globalization. The emergence of this new global economy has serious implications on the nature and purpose of educational institutions. The paper is basically a theoretical discourse. Data for analysis were obtained from secondary sources. The paper found that significant challenges confront the integration of ICTs in education in the areas of educational policy and planning, infrastructure, language and content, capacity building and financing in Nigeria. The paper concluded that business education needs to be well equipped to anticipate and respond to opportunities created by ICTs in order to participate productively and equitably in an increasingly technology-rich and knowledge-driven world. The paper recommended, among others, that the investments in ICTs should be used to promote the development of basic skills, problem-solving and communication skills and the professional development of teachers.

Keywords: Information, Communication, Technology, Business, Education

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1.0 Introduction Globalization and technological change have created a new global economy “powered by technology, fuelled by information and driven by knowledge (Tinio, 2002). Gaible (2009) affirms that ICT occupies a complex position in relation to globalization. The emergence of this new global economy has serious implications on the nature and purpose of educational institutions. Thornburg (2000) notes that as the half-life of information continues to shrink and access to information continues to grow exponentially, schools cannot remain mere venues for the transmission of a prescribed set of information from teacher to student over a fixed period of time. Rather, schools must promote “learning to learn” – the acquisition of knowledge and skills that make possible continuous learning over the lifetime. Thus, the illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn (Tinio, 2002). Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are potentially powerful enabling tools for educational change and reform processes through improving both access to education and the quality of that education. ICTs help expand access to education, strengthen the relevance of education to the increasingly digital workplace and raise educational quality by helping make teaching and learning into an engaging, active process connected to real life when used appropriately. The explosion of the Internet in the 1990s, the emergence of a variety of low-cost computing devices and increased diffusion of computers throughout society ushered in a wave of “ICT and education” policies and projects in developing economies around the world designed to prepare students to effectively engage in the information age. This requires focusing on the technology itself and placing emphasis on the practical implications of the use of ICTs to meet broad educational objectives. Educational programs, therefore, should take a holistic approach to ICT and link the educational goal of expanded ICT use to necessary associated reforms of the curriculum, student assessment system, instructive approaches in the classroom and teacher training. ICT has become one of the basic building blocks of modern society. ICTs in education deal with the use of ICTs within educational technology. Many countries, according to UNESCO...

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