ERIC Number: ED395567
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Challenges to a Learning Approach through a Global Network.
Computer networking is a new educational approach that can well serve the educational needs in a society of dynamic and constant changes. This paper examines effective ways of establishing a computer network-based learning system in the Korean educational system. The Korean Educational Development Institute (KEDI) conducted a one-year research project on educational computer networking with eight schools in Korea. Participants were four private schools (two elementary and two high schools) and four public schools (two junior high and two high schools.) Each school was challenged to collaborative learning activities under the support and coordination of KEDI. The project included teacher workshops; individualized instructional support; coordination and consultation activities; technical support; and field visits and interviews to observe and analyze the progress of the schools. Among others, findings indicated the following as having interrupted networking activities: (1) teachers' lack of understanding and experiences in a non-traditional learning approach; (2) incompetent computer-based networking skills; (3) lack of instructional materials and exemplary activities; (4) teachers' and students' insufficient ability in English; (5) limited access to computer networking facilities; (6) teachers' low motivation and spirit; (7) delayed or interrupted actions of participating schools; and (8) change of responsible teachers during the project. Successful computer networking in education requires: continuous education; technical support systems; consultation; organizational structures; and a positive culture in the school community. (Contains 24 references.) (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Networks, Computer Uses in Education, Cooperative Learning, Educational Development, Educational Technology, Elementary Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, High Schools, Junior High Schools, Nontraditional Education, Private Schools, Problems, Public Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Korea; Korean Educational Development Institute
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).