ERIC Number: EJ746394
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Experimenting in Distance Education: The African Virtual University (AVU) and the Paradox of the World Bank in Kenya--A Rejoinder
Munene, Ishmael I.
International Journal of Educational Development, v27 n1 p77-85 Jan 2007
This rejoinder is in response to criticism against the African Virtual University (AVU), an internet-based education modality, by Amutabi and Oketch [2003. Experimenting in distance education: the African Virtual University (AVU) and the Paradox of World Bank in Kenya. International Journal of Educational Development 23, 57-73]. By closely focusing on AVU "foreignness", its equity effects, as well as questions about its sustainability, this riposte argues that the origins, developments and "modus operandi" of the new virtual educational system mirrors that of the state universities in Kenya. The paper concludes by arguing in favor of the theory of isomorphism as a more comprehensive analytical framework for assessing complexities of the development and role of internet-based education in developing countries.
Descriptors: Distance Education, Virtual Universities, Foreign Countries, State Universities, Developing Nations, Logical Thinking, Philosophy, Criticism, Internet, Role
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Kenya