Education in the Knowledge Society: Making Web-based Learning and Technology Work for Development

R.O. Slater (USA)


Web-based education, knowledge society; creativity; inquiry; entrepreneurial leadership; moral leadership


While the virtues of web-based education may seem self evident to those who have direct experience with it, there is a need to give web-based education a broader theoretical context and justification. Such is the purpose of this paper. The broader context discussed in this paper is that of economic development at the nation-state level. While the use of technology, particularly the internet, in education holds high promise for increasing student achievement, knowledge of technology is only one quality that needs to be developed in students if we want our societies to develop economically and be competitive in the context of global markets. Four other qualities or capacities will be useful: capacity for inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial leadership and moral leadership.

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