ERIC Number: ED246894
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Practical Research in Distance Teaching: A Handbook for Developing Countries.
The linking of research and action, basic methods of social research, and the uses of research in distance teaching are examined, with examples drawn from the Lesotho Distance Teaching Centre and other distance teaching programs. Ways in which research can be useful and early stages of research design and planning are discussed. An explanation of basic research methods describes observation and discussion techniques and then details the steps involved in conducting social surveys, including sampling, creating questionnaires, survey fieldwork, data processing, and checking and reporting survey results. Experimental research is also addressed, and basic statistical concepts are introduced. Suggestions for applications of research in distance teaching settings relate to assessing instructional materials, pre-testing instructional materials, keeping regular records, and evaluation. Appendices contain additional information on statistical procedures, statistical theory, and costing, and an annotated list of 20 recommended readings. A four-page reference list, a list of potentially helpful organizations, and basic statistical tables are included. (LMM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners; Researchers
Authoring Institution: International Extension Coll., Cambridge (England).