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Technology Development Challenges: Accommodating East/West Cultural Differences and Similarities
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, The University of South Dakota, United States ; , Hsing-Kao University, Taiwan

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Lugano, Switzerland ISBN 978-1-880094-53-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

Differences in teaching and learning styles, governments, customs, and traditions have long divided Asia from the Western world. Teacher-centered education in the East continues to be the rule, with learner-centered education only emerging with the advent of learner-controlled and learner-selected electronic learning on the Web. Social control in Asia in general, and in Taiwan, Japan, and Mainland China in particular, continues to be through teaching respect for group norms and mores. Social control in the Western world, however, focuses on the development of individualism, social conscience, and expression. The availability of communication and information technologies in the West outstrips access in the East. What do educators interested in finding bridges among cultures do to advance computing in education when these differences are omnipresent? Who bends, and where are there opportunities for blending? How can progress be made through mutual respect for cultural differences?

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Bright, L.K. & Yang, J.F. (2004). Technology Development Challenges: Accommodating East/West Cultural Differences and Similarities. In L. Cantoni & C. McLoughlin (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2004--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 5282-5287). Lugano, Switzerland: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved September 23, 2019 from .

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