Title

Digital Education in Eastern Europe: Romania's Modern Affair with Technology

Publication Title

Computers and Composition

Publication Date

6-2010

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1016/J.COMPCOM.2010.03.006

Keywords

digital literacy policy, EFL, digital divide, marginalization, Romania

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | Rhetoric and Composition

Abstract

After the fall of the communist regimes in Eastern Europe, technology started penetrating new markets like Romania. Technology was viewed as a tool to improve Romania's political and social standing in the world, and multilingual literacy became very important in the country's effort to join the European Union. This article analyzes how political goals impact the adoption of modern technology and the teaching of English in Romania and discusses how politics eventually aided the promotion of digital literacy and foreign language policies in Romanian schools. Other factors impacting IT and EFL literacy in this process were poverty, people's mentality, and the country's lack of infrastructure. This culminated in an emerging divide between some segments of the population as a result of the unequal access to resources.


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