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ERIC Number: ED481783
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct-16
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
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Social Impact on Education, Community, Collaboration and Research on Distance Education.
Vasquez-Martinez, Claudio-Rafael
This essay considers the social and cultural impact of a distance education program offered by a Colombian university. The EDI distance education program for teachers was proposed as an alternative to reach geographical zones distant from the large cities and labor groups that have difficulties being admitted to conventional universities. It was also conceived as a regional promoter of social change. Among the objectives of the program was the transformation of the Antiochian province of Colombia. The main effect of the program is, of course, on the professional work of the teacher. Until government by the people becomes a reality, the teacher must play a role in the process of consultation and change to try to alter the values he or she has represented and consider school as a determinant of the social change rate. In its 5 years of operation, the program has served 2,935 students. The growth of the program indicates its importance as a democratizing agent. Participation in higher education in the province has increased. Student test results from the province have improved, reflecting positive impacts from the program. The attitude of the community has been favorable, and overall, findings suggest that the distance education program should be continued. (Contains 121 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colombia