ERIC Number: ED331493
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Telecommunications: Working To Enhance Global Understanding and Peace Education.
Schrum, Lynne M.
This paper describes educational activities that make use of microcomputers and information networks to link elementary and secondary students electronically using telecommunications, i.e., communication across distances using personal computers, modems, telephone lines, and computer networks. Efforts to promote global understanding and awareness are also described, with emphasis on teacher and educator cooperation in international distance education projects that focus on cultural similarities and differences as well as issues of importance such as world peace, the Gulf War, management of global water resources, and the plight of the homeless. It is noted that students from Australia, the Soviet Union, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Israel, the United States, Norway, and many other countries have engaged in dialogues via telecommunication media, and that, in most countries, the primary obstacle to participating in an international project is funding. Other obstacles cited include technical difficulties, fear of misuse, lack of understanding, and government policies controlling information. It is concluded that, although current research on the effectiveness of the projects is scarce, global interaction can enhance understanding between cultures. (9 references) (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).