Acta Didactica Napocensia
Volume 10 Number 3, pages 19-34
Published: 12 November 2017
THE USE OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) AS A TEACHING METHOD IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN TOURISM
Elena Mădălina Mocanu (Dedu), Alecxandrina Deaconu
Abstract: Globalization and technological change that have characterized recent years have created a new global economy powered by technology, fueled by information and knowledge, with serious implications for the nature and purpose of education institutions.
Effective integration of ICT into the education system is a complex, multilateral process that involves not only the presence of technology, but also a corresponding curriculum, institutional availability, teachers’ skills development, long-term funding.
This article explores the use of ICT tools in vocational education and training in tourism, proposing concrete ways to use new technologies in teaching-learning-evaluation of disciplines in the field of Tourism and Food. The research was carried out on a sample composed of high school students from Constanta County, Romania, and we used the psycho-pedagogical experiment as a research method. The results of the analysis confirm the initial hypothesis that the use of ICT, as a teaching method in tourism classes, determines, among pupils, the formation and development of specific skills to a greater extent than the use of traditional methods.
Key words: Information and Communication Technology, Vocational education, Innovation in education, Computer software, Tourism