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ERIC Number: ED451096
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Pages: 36
Abstractor: N/A
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A Self-Sustained Education System for a Developing Country: The Case of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam.
Tran, Dien Ngoc
Viet Nam's average annual population growth rate is 2.6%, which accounts for a large youth population: 37.7% of the total population is under age 15, compared with an average of 20% in developed or newly industrialized countries. A free basic education for all children is almost impossible to provide. With consideration of the Vietnamese people's culture and heritage and the nation's traditional political organization, this paper proposes some approaches toward a new educational system based on a new theory of education which blends Eastern classical philosophy with Western schools of thought, from the Enlightenment period to John Dewey and Paulo Freire to critical theory and Michel Foucault's and the postmodernists' works. Following an overview, the paper's arguments involve a comparison of Viet Nam's educational system with countries of similar population. Following methods selected from the comparative education field, the paper focuses on the eight steps Brian Holmes (1965) suggests in drawing on Deweys's problem solving. It proposes a solution based on the researcher's observations and on study of the achievements of Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Turkey. Contains 8 tables, 10 notes, and 58 references. (BT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Vietnam