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ERIC Number: ED407022
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Pages: 7
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The Role of the Teacher in Distance Education: The Teacher Perspective.
Moore, Sharon
A study was conducted of nurse educators in Canada involved in distance education to determine their perceptions of the unique role of teachers in the distance education teaching/learning process. In-depth, semi-structured interviews were held with 21 nurse educators with a range of 4 to 28 years teaching experience and 2 to 16 years experience with distance learning. All participants except for one used multiple modes of delivery, such as printed materials, audio and visual conferencing, education and media technologies, and electronic mail. Interviews focused on their definition of distance education, their role as a distance teacher, their philosophical beliefs about teaching, and what they saw as rewards and challenges. A questionnaire was also administered to collect demographic information. Results included the following: (1) while distance education was broadly defined, it was invariably seen as a means to increase educational opportunities; (2) respondents' philosophical beliefs were centered around the student/teacher relationship and the quality of educational materials; (3) respondents' tended to view themselves as content experts contributing to course development and organization and identified a key role in interacting with students to facilitate the learning process; (4) rewards of the process included the opportunity to experiment, as well as intrinsic rewards related to witnessing student growth; and (5) challenges included heavy workloads, colleagues' attitudes, and issues of credibility. (HAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada