ERIC Number: ED338254
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-May
Reference Count: N/A
Information Transfer as Development Assistance. Occasional Paper Series. Paper Number 8.
This paper was jointly sponsored by the Center for the Study of Citizenship of the Maxwell School of Public Affairs and Citizenship and the Kellogg Project, a 5-year research project in Syracuse University's School of Education which is intended to provide not only physical access to information resources for adult educators through optical disk and computing technologies, but assistance with the information seeking process. The paper begins by discussing the conceptual framework of information as a form of development assistance; the problems encountered in information delivery to adult educators in developing countries; and lessons that may be learned from the information dissemination program. Two major paradigms of the Kellogg Project's assistance to adult educators in developing countries are then described: the International Information Sharing Network (IISN) and interactive long-distance Information Counseling (IC), which is designed to provide in-depth and personalized assistance in the acquisition, use, and application of information and data. Reflections on the role of adult education in Third World societies and on the nature of international information flows are interwoven throughout the paper. The paper argues that information is not a neutral agent, but one that reflects the values and expectations of those who produce, select, manage, transmit, and use it. It warns that the best intentions to remain apolitical in the design and implementation of information services cannot justify an abdication of responsibility for examining potential problems in the areas of equity of access, the technology gap, information overload versus deprivation, or the possibility of cultural domination by the dissemination of knowledge. Arguing that information transfer can be a form of development assistance, the paper concludes by identifying some policy issues and reviewing their implications for academic discourse and future research. (80 references) (MAB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY. Kellogg Project.; Syracuse Univ., NY. Center for the Study of Citizenship.