Educational technology in transnational higher education in South East Asia: the cultural politics of flexible learning

Ziguras, C 2001, 'Educational technology in transnational higher education in South East Asia: the cultural politics of flexible learning', Journal of Educational Technology and Society, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 8-18.


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Title Educational technology in transnational higher education in South East Asia: the cultural politics of flexible learning
Author(s) Ziguras, C
Year 2001
Journal name Journal of Educational Technology and Society
Volume number 4
Issue number 4
Start page 8
End page 18
Total pages 11
Publisher International Forum of Educational Technology and Society
Abstract This paper examines appropriateness of using educational technologies to increase the flexibility of learning in transnational higher education in South East Asia. It considers the argument that while interactive educational technologies may be appropriate in countries in which self-directed study and student autonomy are emphasised, the same uses of technology may not be as appropriate in South East Asian countries in which education has traditionally been more tightly structured and teacher-directed. This paper examines government policies toward the use of educational technologies in higher education in Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam, and considers the experiences of five transnational institutions in these countries. The paper concludes that transnational educators are inevitably caught up in tensions between global modernising trends and local traditional practices. It argues that it is important for educators to recognise how their actions relate to local social changes in countries in which their students are located.
Subject Educational Technology and Computing
Keyword(s) transnational education
cultural difference
cross-cultural teaching and learning
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