Archives for August 10th, 2001

EDUCATION AND SOCIAL CHANGE

Book News, PublicNet: 10 August, 2001

By Amanda CoffeyThis text undertakes a systematic sociological analysis of contemporary educational policy and practice. In doing so it charts the substantial and significant changes that education systems have undergone over recent decades, and places them within a broader context of social change. Thematically structured, the book brings together a diverse body of material from the sociology of education to provide a coherent and logical text. It takes a comprehensive approach, summarizing transformations that have occurred in educational policy, and addressing the consequences for institutions as well as for teachers, parents and learners. The author explores the complex and changing relationships between the state and the processes and practices of education.

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MORE BRIDGES TO NARROW THE DIGITAL DIVIDE

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 August, 2001

The Independent Television Commission is to launch the first “Go Digital” TV pilot project in central England. Five more pilots are planned. Jointly backed by Government and industry, the pilot project will help experts to build a better understanding of the technical and social issues which viewers face in switching from analogue to digital TV services. Because most homes will have digital TVs which are easy to use, they offer the best option for the majority of people to gain access to online public services.The pilot will rely on a representative sample of volunteer households identified in consultation with the Local Authorities. They will be loaned equipment allowing them to watch all the existing free terrestrial channels on digital TV and in addition the current free digital TV channels. They will be able to use their TV set to access interactive services including learning and shopping and to send and receive email.

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COUNCILS CLOSING GAP IN SATISFACTION RATINGS

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 August, 2001

Local councils in the UK are working hard at closing the gap between the satisfaction ratings for services and those for the organization. Satisfaction with services averages some 80%, but only some 50% are satisfied with councils. A survey by the Local Government Association found that over 80 per cent of councils said they are to increase or maintain their communications budget and 85 per cent said they had more than one full time member of staff dedicated to communications. In the last four years public relations departments have increased by over one third.Brian Briscoe, chief executive of the Local Government Association said that the survey findings show that councils understand the importance of communicating with local people and publicising the work they do. Better communications will help towards bridging the gap between what people think of their local services, and what they think of their local authority.

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