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Sarah FitzPatrick & Paul Conway

In: Global Perspectives on E-Learning: Rhetoric and Reality

Chapter Four: Online Learning and Differential Participation in a Democratic Society: Ireland as a Case Study

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Online Learning and Differential Participation in a Democratic Society: Ireland as a Case Study
Online learning and differential participation in a democratic society: Ireland as a case study
SarahFitzPatrickPaulConway

Information society developments have a particular significance for Ireland as a small open economy in an increasingly networked global economy, where knowledge-based innovation is becoming the key source of sustainable competitive advantage (Information Society Commission [ISC], 2004).

Situated at the edge of Western Europe, Ireland's location has traditionally circumscribed its struggle for social and economic development. Emerging from its traditional, poor, conservative, and colonial past, Ireland has recently proven itself immensely attractive to multinational capital investment. In the late 1990s, Ireland experienced unprecedented economic growth and even during the economic downturn at the beginning of the 2000s maintained a ...

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