ERIC Number: ED443353
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Action Research Projects in Distance Education: A Manual.
Ramakrishna, C. Pushpa; Prasad, V. S.
This manual, prepared by the Distance Education Council (India) presents guidelines for action research in distance education, balancing practical research activities with a sound theoretical research base. Chapter 1, "Scope, Purpose and Design of the Manual," suggests several definitions of research; draws distinctions between academic research and action research; examines the purpose and scope of action research; and a offers a checklist of researcher competencies. Chapter 2, "Thrust Areas and Research Problems," discusses selection of a research area or problem and offers a list of suggested areas: philosophy and concepts; history of distance education; institutional mission; program planning and curriculum design; learning material development; teaching and learning processes; student support services; student evaluation; system evaluation; economics of distance education; media use; system management; application of new technologies; quality assurance; research methodologies; and staff training and development. Chapter 3, "Research Design," discusses the essential components and types of research design. Chapter 4, "Research Methods," discusses appropriate research methods; examines six methods, data collection tools and techniques, and data analysis; and offers suggestions for presenting results. Chapter 5, "Research Report Preparation," discusses organizing and documenting material; appropriate writing style; and evaluating the final report. Appended are a model process chart and a glossary. (Contains 39 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Action Research, Distance Education, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Nontraditional Education, Research Design, Research Methodology, Research Reports, Technical Writing
Indira Gandhi National Open University, Distance Education Council K-76 Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110 016, India.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi (India). Distance Education Council.
Identifiers - Location: India