The 'new' new technology: exploiting the potential of mobile communications and open educational resources

Power, Tom (2013). The 'new' new technology: exploiting the potential of mobile communications and open educational resources. In: Moon, Bob ed. Teacher Education and the Challenge of Development:a global analysis. Education, Poverty and International Development. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 212–226.

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Abstract

Education is increasingly seen as ‘the’ core component of international development (UNICEF 2005); indeed Gordon Brown identified education as ‘the key to the ultimate development goal: the empowerment of the poor, and of the world’s poorest countries’ (Brown & Benn 2006). But there are multiple and complex challenges in providing free, high quality education to all the world’s children; in most developing nations, there are issues of grade repetition, low leaving age, teacher absenteeism, teacher shortages, building shortages, double shifts and large class sizes (Glewe & Kramer, 2005), as well as a predominance of under-trained or un-trained teachers (UNESCO 2005).

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