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ERIC Number: EJ794448
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-1059-0145
Distance Learning as a Tool for Poverty Reduction and Economic Development: A Focus on China and Mexico
Larson, Richard C.; Murray, M. Elizabeth
Journal of Science Education and Technology, v17 n2 p175-196 Apr 2008
This paper uses case studies to focus on distance learning in developing countries as an enabler for economic development and poverty reduction. To provide perspective, we first review the history of telecottages, local technology-equipped facilities to foster community-based learning, which have evolved into "telecenters" or "Community Learning Centers" (CLCs). Second, we describe extensive site visits to CLCs in impoverished portions of China and Mexico, the centers operated by premier universities in each respective country. These CLCs constitute the core of new emerging systems of distance education, and their newness poses challenges and opportunities, which are discussed. Finally, we offer 12 points to develop further the concept and reality of distance learning in support of economic development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China; Mexico