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ERIC Number: EJ1139442
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0167-8329
"Let the "Orientales" Be as Enlightened as They Are Brave": The Digital Divide in the Context of Uruguay's Public Schools
Capurro, Rafael; Rodríguez Fleitas, Maximiliano
Education for Information, v33 n1 p3-21 2017
In this paper we present two recent information literacy and access initiatives in Uruguay and their necessary historical antecedents, and analyze them from a phenomenological perspective to provide commentary on current philosophical discussions about information and the digital divide. To provide historical context we present a brief history of the creation of a public library, the national library and the public school during the period of independence wars in 19th-century Uruguay, and the legacy of educational reforms that followed, which are at the core of the cultural identity of Uruguay. We then analyze the ambivalent achievements of "Plan Ceibal", a state programme aimed at providing laptops to public schools, and a bottom-up project called "Biblioteca Nuevo Roble" ("New Oak Library"), a project run by students of the Institute of Information at Uruguay's State University that aims at the creation of a school library at Public School No. 230, located in a low-income quarter of Montevideo. The conclusion analyzes the role of libraries in improving access to education and information. The paper aims at a critical understanding of the digital divide by showing what remains hidden behind theoretical ambitions, dogmatisms, economic interests, and political projects. Information ethics is at the heart of phenomenology of information.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Uruguay
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