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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Capshaw, Norman Clark
Author's Email Address clarkcapshaw@hotmail.com
URN etd-03242007-220031
Title The Quality of Higher Education - Internet and Computer Technologies: Exacerbating or Lessening Differences Across Countries? An Analysis at Three Levels: National, Institutional, and Classroom
Degree PhD
Department Leadership and Policy Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Stephen P. Heyneman Committee Chair
Michael K. McLendon Committee Member
Phil Clifford Committee Member
Robert L. Crowson Committee Member
William L. Partridge Committee Member
  • educational technology
  • distance education
  • developing countries
  • education gaps
  • international development
  • Internet
Date of Defense 2007-03-22
Availability unrestricted
This dissertation addresses the gaps of access and quality in higher education between high-income countries and low-to-middle income countries, and the role that Internet and computer technologies play in association with those gaps. It asks the question whether the gaps will widen or narrow over time. It utilizes a mixed methodology, analyzing national-level gaps in Internet and computer technology through quantitative analyses of public data on telecommunications and Internet connectivity. It uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to analyze the diffusion and impact of Internet and computer technology at the institutional and classroom levels. Ultimately, the answer as to whether the gaps will widen or narrow depends upon strategic decisions made at the national, institutional, and classroom levels.
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