Distance education and self-study

Jones, Barrie W. (2001). Distance education and self-study. In: Batten, Alan H. ed. Astronomy for developing countries. San Francisco, USA: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, pp. 131–140.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/s0251107x00000535

URL: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2001IAUGA..24..131J


It is not my purpose to specify how distance education and self-study should be used to teach astronomy in developing countries - my teaching experience in such countries, though not negligible, is rather too limited for that. I do, however, have extensive experience of distance education in the U.K., and therefore my purpose in this article is to display the characteristics of distance education, and of self-study, in order to promote debate about how they can best be used in astronomy educatin in the developing world. Distance education has the potential to overcome - a shortage of astronomy teachers - a shortage of non-human resources - difficulties that students face in attending a campus. Additionally, distance education materials can be used to increase self-study on campus, and hence overcome the first two of these problems.

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