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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
I am a professor at the University of Brasilia and am striving to apply ICT in my teaching and research. At the same time, I am currently doing an evaluability assessment of ICT programs in elementary and secondary education in Brazil.
I am a program evaluator with both academic and practical experience. I have taught program evaluation in the departments of education of several universities in the United States and Brazil. I was programme officer at the United Nations Development Programme in Brazil, and have been engaged in numerous consultancies for international and multilateral organizations and their projects.
My book, Impacting Social Problems: Writing and Evaluating International Development Projects, is available via amazon.com .
At the present time, I am preparing to teach courses related to translation into English, generally and specifically in the field of economics, as well as an introduction to British institutions and culture. (I'm having to brush up on that, as I am a U.S. citizen, and have been living and working in different parts of Brazil since 1974).
I am currently wrestling with a question the other members may be able to enlighten me on: is the marriage between a new technology (ICT) and an old technology which, in many countries, is getting rather decrepit (public schooling), really viable? Or, with the rise and rapid dissemination of mobile internet technology (netbooks, etc.), would governments do better just making top quality materials available on the internet?
Robert K. Walker, Ed.D.
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