ERIC Number: ED516968
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
Computer Mediated Communication, the Internet and Equity: Development in a Post-Colonial World
Palmer, W. P.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society (ANZCIES) (Ballarat, Victoria, 1997)
This paper relates to some thoughts about the very different access to communication that those living in developing countries have as compared with those living in developed countries. I advocate using information technology in within my own teaching in Australia, yet from my experiences in developing countries, I know how limited access to any modern form of communication is currently in the schools and universities of these countries. In this paper, I will reflect upon technical problems, equity and distribution problems and some possible educational solutions. Questions that arise are how is the internet is going to effect the knowledge base of children, of working people generally and of academics. Will society be split in developed countries between the computer literate and the non-computer literate? Will the present disparity in wealth between developed and developing countries grow even wider. Will this future change in education and wealth be dependent on the extent to which a country's population is linked to the internet. Thoughts about these issues arise from the author's experience and research.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia