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From the Abacus to the World Wide Web: An Analysis of the Educational Technology Movement and Its Impact upon Adult Literacy in the People's Republic of China.

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This paper discusses the various educational technology movements and initiatives currently underway in China and the impact they may have on the literacy rate of the Chinese people. Topics addressed include: (1) China's political history and its impact on the educational system, including China under the rule of Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, and Jiang Zemin; (2) learning theories, including Modes of Learning Theory, Transformational Learning Theory, and Critical Reflection Theory; (3) adult literacy and educational technology; (4) economic theory and the economics of China, including privatization and employment; (5) educational technology initiatives and programs of government organizations in China, including initiatives related to adult literacy, distance education, education of women, higher education, self study, special education, vocational education, statistical information, and the Internet; (6) educational technology initiatives and programs of non-government organizations, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology China Educational Technology Initiative, World Bank Institute Web Based Instruction, Xinlong Technical Training Center for Women, Rural Community Learning Centers in Education for Poverty Alleviation, and the Microsoft Research Institute; and (7) topics for further research. The paper also contains a glossary. (Contains 46 references.) (MES)

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Author:Kadlubowski, Michael G.
Publication:ERIC: Reports
Date:Nov 1, 2001
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