Islamic education in Indonesia and the potential for social transformation through engagement in online communities
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Barton, G., Iqbal, M. & Barton, S.M. (2010). Islamic education in Indonesia and the potential for social transformation through engagement in online communities. In Z. Abas et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Global Learn 2010 (pp. 3766-3776). AACE.
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This paper reports on findings from a group of Indonesia’s community of pesantren, or Islamic boarding schools, institutions. It examines of pesantren going online in a concerted fashion – not merely via a computer lab and IT classes, something that has been happening the more advanced pesantren for more than a decade – but by integrating eLearning platforms into their core teaching programs. The paper examines ways in which educators from different cultural mix within the pesantren community going online in a concerted fashion. Some of the key findings of this research are that the social capital dimensions of trust and reciprocity amongst individuals in the pesantren. Pesantren have thus far only been using the Internet for the purposes of its religious teaching. A recent endeavour by the International Centre for Islam and Pluralism (ICIP) and the Ford Foundation, is aimed more at bringing general education to pesantren via the Internet.
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