ERIC Number: EJ931122
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
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Information Technology (IT) and the Learning Society: Growth and Challenges
Oguzor, Nkasiobi S.; Nosike, Austin N.; Opara, Jacinta A.
Educational Research and Reviews, v6 n4 p342-346 Apr 2011
There is no human culture which has never learned anything from another. Learning from other cultures is a natural phenomenon. There is nothing wrong with it. However, when foreign influence is overwhelming, beyond the control of the receiving country, psychological delicate problems emerge. This paper holds the view that the extremely rapid development of modern information technologies (ITs) has accelerated the speed of cultural transmission some times resulting to cultural imperialism and value re-orientation. Technology has both beneficial and adverse effects. It cannot progress or be useful independently of the society in which it operates. It must be developed and chosen by the society itself. The paper views international co-operation as a vehicle for transfer of technology and a source of financing and managerial know-how. The aim of this paper is that developing countries must determine their criteria for choosing the technology best suited to development. They must also give a high priority to human development. Without highly educated and skilled manpower, no nation can hope to become a serious participant in the new world order. It must be added that while appropriate domestic potentials are most important, it must be accompanied by the acquisition of advanced technologies; a comparatively rational system allowing for the convenient and inexpensive transfer of technologies. Therefore, keeping many variables in mind, this paper addresses specific issues in the analysis of information technology's effect on developing countries. The challenges of IT in education for the advancement of technologies are overwhelming and must be digested and enhanced.
Descriptors: Information Technology, Influence of Technology, International Cooperation, Technology Transfer, Developing Nations, Unemployment, Economic Change, Educational Change, Foreign Countries
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