ERIC Number: ED334966
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Learner Centredness: Views of Canadian Distance Education Educators.
Burge, Elizabeth; Howard, Joan
This paper reports the results of an initial exploration into the attitudes and practices of some selected Canadian distance educators regarding a learner-centered view of education. Twenty-nine Canadian distance education teachers and administrators responded to questionnaires concerning attitudes toward distance education, student autonomy in learning, student and teacher roles in learning, and course and materials design. Comments in regard to learner centered instruction were also solicited. The results of the survey indicate that, while the respondents support and recognize student views and initiatives in program design and implementation, they do not necessarily advocate complete learner controlled instruction. It is concluded that a balanced approach is needed that would take into account the complexity of the distance education process, including the nature of course content, course delivery methods, and student backgrounds. It is suggested that future research may address the attitudinal and andragogical issues in greater detail. (26 references) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto.
Identifiers: Canada; Learner Centered Instruction
Note: Unpublished manuscript.