Degree Name

Master of Education (Hons.)


Faculty of Education


This thesis addresses a range of issues associated with wholesale adoption of computer technology and, in particular, the connection of all state schools to the Internet. Such issues include access by students and teachers, support of learning and teaching in the curriculum, provision of training and development as well as security and technical support (Policy Document, Connecting all NSW Government Schools to the Internet, 1996, p. 4). At the time of this study, access to the Internet has been piloted in 66 schools from six districts across the State of New South Wales, and the pace is accelerating in all other states of Australia. Thus, one of the objectives of this thesis is to evaluate the success of implementation of school-based policies on the use of computers and the Internet; the main focus is on the effectiveness of implementation. The purpose of this study is to establish the degree of effectiveness in the implementation of government policies pertaining to the wholesale introduction of computers in a school.