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ICT-Supported Education for Sustainable Development of South Korean Rural Communities

ICT-Supported Education for Sustainable Development of South Korean Rural Communities
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Author(s): K. P. Joo (Penn State University, USA)
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 18
Source title: Cases on Developing Countries and ICT Integration: Rural Community Development
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Rebecca Nthogo Lekoko (University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana) and Ladislaus M. Semali (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-117-1.ch016

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Abstract

The rural communities in South Korea have faced serious challenges as the country has gradually opened the agricultural market and extended the conclusion of Free Trade Agreement with more and more countries. Moreover, due to the national socio-economic and political structures, South Korea has been undergoing the technological imbalance between rural and urban areas. In order to cope with these vital social challenges, the South Korean government has exerted considerable investment and effort in establishing ICT knowledge and skills as well as infrastructure in rural areas. Thus, conceptualizing ICT in the context of adult education, this chapter addresses three ICT-supported adult education programs oriented toward developing ICT skills and competencies of people in agricultural areas of South Korea. The South Korean cases of agricultural ICT education represent the vast and concentrated national efforts in integrating ICT across rural areas in this fast changing global situation.

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