ERIC Number: ED355938
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Open Access for Teachers' Professional Development. Towards a Cooperative National Policy Framework for the Application of Distance Learning to the Professional Development of Teachers. A Project of National Significance in Teacher Quality.
Lundin, Roy; And Others
The principal aim of Australia's Distance Learning for Inservice Teacher Education (DLITE) Project has been to develop a proposal and knowledge base for the development of a cooperative national policy for the application of distance learning to inservice teacher education in Australia. This report provides background information on the state of open access for teacher professional development and a proposed policy framework with a list of potential projects. "Open access" is the application of the whole range of delivery methods for education and training. It is achieved, ideally, through infrastructures that extend opportunities to educators and students to participate in all forms of teaching and learning from on-campus face-to-face through the use of advanced telecommunications and information technology formerly associated with distance education. Open access should be included in current national developments because it offers unique and beneficial solutions to several problems; its adoption is both timely and urgent. Clear criteria are required to evaluate the appropriateness of policy proposals for open access. Adoption of a cooperative national policy framework for open access for teachers' professional development will support the establishment of nationwide infrastructures to facilitate cooperation and consultation, resource sharing, and cost-effectiveness. Specific projects can be implemented in the short term to build on current open access initiatives. Eleven appendixes contain an outline of the project methodology, lists of contributors and other involved persons, a summary of teacher training principles and good practices, information on the existing infrastructure for open access, an explanation of management aspects of state and territory education systems, and other relevant materials. (Contains 94 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Cost Effectiveness, Distance Education, Educational Policy, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Information Technology, Inservice Teacher Education, National Programs, Policy Formation, Professional Development, Program Development, Public Policy, Secondary School Teachers, State Programs, Telecommunications
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian Dept. of Employment, Education and Training, Canberra.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia