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In Defence of IT in Australian Schools: A Critique of "No Train No Gain"

Australian Educational Computing Volume 21, Number 1, ISSN 1443-833X e-ISSN 1443-833X


In November, 2005, an article entitled "No train no gain" (Thorp, 2005) quietly appeared in "The Australian." In the closing paragraphs of the article, the President of the Australian Computer Society placed the blame for the falling number of students enrolling in IT courses at university on how IT is taught in our schools. This paper is written in response to this accusation and in defence of Australia's teachers and IT curricula. Accusations like this, however specious, need to be challenged to prevent their gaining credence through repetition. Accusations made by groups with the status of the Australian Computer Society similarly need to be challenged before they become the cornerstone of policy directives. This paper identifies a number of problematic definitions and assumptions underlying the accusation and suggests that there is danger in offering simple causes for complex problems.


Lloyd, M. (2006). In Defence of IT in Australian Schools: A Critique of "No Train No Gain". Australian Educational Computing, 21(1), 3-8. Retrieved January 22, 2020 from .

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