ERIC Number: ED418399
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Impact of Technology on the Development of Literacy in the South Pacific.
To discuss the likely impact of technology on literacy in a Pacific society, this paper first provides a brief history of literacy in the South Pacific, then considers the language-in-education policies, and finally examines technology's likely impact on the current rates and levels of literacy. The paper finds that the uses of literacy in the South Pacific have been limited--largely confined to the reading of religious texts. It also finds that the language-in-education policies have evolved from almost the exclusive use of the vernacular in the eastern part of the South Pacific to an increasing use of English in the formal educational system. The paper highlights the fact that literacy levels in the South Pacific countries may not be very high and pinpoints the reasons why. The picture that emerges is of societies that are largely print-deficient in the rural areas, with printed matter available in urban areas but with no social practice of leisure reading or reading for development of knowledge. The paper delineates the strong presence of television in the South Pacific and discusses some of the major concerns about its presence, noting that the IEA reading study did not find reading displaced by television, since reading was not common anyway, but did find television viewing an entrenched feature of daily life in the South Pacific. Includes seven notes; contains 35 references. (NKA)
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Foreign Countries, Geographic Regions, Literacy, Social Environment, Technological Advancement, Technology Integration, Television Viewing
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: South Pacific
Note: Paper presented at the World Conference on Literacy (Philadelphia, PA, March 1996).