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AbstractEffective use of ICT by student teachers is vital if these technologies are going tobe successfully used in the education of children in schools. An earlier study by this authoridentified three main obstacles that could have limited ICT uptake by student teachers in1996/7: student access to computers, the ICT policy adopted by initial teacher trainingproviders and the lack of encouragement for students to use ICT on teaching practice. Thispaper presents a comparative study of the ICT competence and attitudes of a similar cohort ofstudent teachers in the current academic year (1999/2000). It argues that whilst the overallsample of current student teachers appeared to be more competent and confident in the use ofICT than in 1996/7, female and younger students lagged behind their male and older peers.This issue needs to be addressed in the ICT policy adopted by initial teacher trainingproviders.