Rural Chinese Education and Technology: Engaging the Pastoral Dragons
Ling Zhang, Larry K. Bright, The University of South Dakota, China
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Inequities of educational opportunity between rural and urban settings across the world have continued to be unacceptable. As modern China rapidly develops economically as part of its membership in the World Trade Organization, the need to bring the rural and urban populations there into equal educational opportunities is intense. Rural people have not been able to participate in building a society that is inclusive and not dominated by its cosmopolitan centers. Across the world during the past century, population migration from rural to urban settings has continued. The social class clashes between rural and urban peoples require educators with special skills, commitments, and best practices in instructional technology. In both East and West, it is a continuing challenge for educators to comprehend, to ameliorate, and to resolve the urban-rural imbalance. However, for teachers accustomed to teacher-directed, content-centered, and technology void methods, learner-controlled and video-rich resources may be minimal.
Zhang, L. & Bright, L.K. (2008). Rural Chinese Education and Technology: Engaging the Pastoral Dragons. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1029-1037). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).