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ERIC Number: ED277514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Pages: 46
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Distance Education in Rural Areas.
Zucker, Henry
This discussion of social and political aspects, advantages and disadvantages of distance education programs includes descriptions and examples of delivery technologies and programs in developing and developed countries. Among the social aspects considered are distance education's potential to provide a second chance to people who are trapped by geographic isolation, poor school performance, economic disadvantagement, old age, discrimination, and health problems. Political aspects of distance education include ability to reach the majority who are excluded from education in developing countries and to reverse irrelevant, discriminating, colonial models of education. Critics contend that distance education tends to isolate students and defuse student power traditional in on-campus settings, preserve apartheid in South Africa, foster cultural imperialism, undercut local autonomy and individual instructor control, reduce diversity and pluralism in favor of centralized production and homogenization, become a propaganda tool, and make students into passive recipients of overly structured packets of knowledge. Issues in the development of distance education include equal access via government subsidization/direction versus market-driven development, communication systems inadequacies, teaching strategies appropriate to technologically-dependent learning, and enhanced student-teacher interaction. Delivery technologies described are satellites, videotex, teletext, audiocassettes, telephone, radio, television, videocassette/videodisc, and libraries. (LFL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A