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Using Collective Adaptive Networks to Solve Education Problems in Poor Countries


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  • Lynn Ilon

    (College of Education, Seoul National University)

  • Jorn Altmann

    (Technology Management, Economics, and Management Program, Industrial Engineering, College of Engineering, Seoul National University)


Can education problems in poor countries be successfully addressed using knowledge economics? The old development model posits that poor countries must follow the route of richer countries, progressing up a scale of development. But an emerging theory of development and collective adaptive applications applied to new learning theory suggests new possibilities. This paper outlines a pilot project underway in Zambia. The idea is based on a global network, which supports collective adaptive knowledge construction and local learning, representing a substantial deviation from standard foreign aid. Using the small pilot school in Zambia local knowledge is gathered and combined with global knowledge, to generate content that has, heretofore, been unavailable on the Web. This approach is fundamentally different from e-learning, which delivered lectures from afar. It builds a knowledge base that is relevant to poor countries, enabling them to advance their local economy.

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Paper provided by Seoul National University; Technology Management, Economics, and Policy Program (TEMEP) in its series TEMEP Discussion Papers with number 201293.

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Length: 12 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2012
Date of revision: Jun 2012
Handle: RePEc:snv:dp2009:201293

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Keywords: Knowledge Economics; Development Aid; Learning Concept; African Pilot Project; Locally Relevant Education; Community Knowledge.;

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  1. Bengt-ake Lundvall & Bjorn Johnson, 1994. "The Learning Economy," Industry and Innovation, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 1(2), pages 23-42.
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