ERIC Number: ED459799
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
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Reaching the Unreached for Library and Information Science Education: A Perspective for Developing Countries.
Ghosh, S. B.
Open and distance learning is seen as a viable alternative to provide education for all, particularly in the context of developing countries. Open learning is basically a philosophy, while distance learning is a method of flexible education for the unreached, i.e., socially, economically, physically, and geographically disadvantaged groups of the society. In a skill-oriented discipline like library and information science (LIS), the circumstantial disadvantaged group would benefit from continuing education to enhance and upgrade their skills. Various models of distance education, based on the application of technology, have been developed. In India, five open universities and 60 correspondence departments in other universities offer such education, including Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). This paper analyzes the efforts of IGNOU to reach the unreached. The models selected should be based on learners' requirements, their capability, and the infrastructure available to them. Development of multimedia and simulated courseware together with internship will produce successful LIS professionals. (Contains 10 references.) (Author/MES)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Developing Nations, Disadvantaged, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Information Science Education, Instructional Development, Library Science, Models, Open Education, Open Universities
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