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The University of Fort Hare’s learner-centred Distance Education Programme

Devereux, Jane and Amos, Sandra (2005). The University of Fort Hare’s learner-centred Distance Education Programme. Open Learning, 20(3) pp. 277–284.

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The Open University has been working with the University of Fort Hare on its Distance Education Project since 1997, helping to develop its innovative distance education programme for primary teachers in the Eastern Cape. Recently the OU has been involved in researching the impact of this programme on teachers’ perceptions of their practice and their classroom practice. This case study explores the context in which the programme was developed, the philosophy that underpinned its development, its structure, materials and the role played by the Open University. Using preliminary findings of teacher‐learner perceptions of the programme, the case study examines the effectiveness of the teacher support and their responses to the programme. Initial findings from questionnaires and semi‐structured interviews highlight the cohesive and holistic impact of the programme. The focus on context and culture in developing the programme is seen as significant by all teacher‐learners in challenging and motivating different ways of thinking about their teaching, learning and their practice.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2005 The Open University
ISSN: 0268-0513
Keywords: teacher education; cultural contexts; teacher-learner support; structure
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Education Futures
Item ID: 26882
Depositing User: Sandra Amos
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2011 12:52
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 13:25
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