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ERIC Number: ED503330
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
Producing Gender-Sensitive Materials for Open and Distance Learning. Knowledge Series. A Topical, Start-Up Guide to Distance Education Practice and Delivery
Bentley, Maree; Bentley, Karen
Commonwealth of Learning
Sensitivity to someone's gender is crucial, not only in life, but also in learning. In developing countries where the opportunities for face-to-face education are often limited, open and distance learning (ODL) can provide basic education, skills training and lifelong learning. Appropriate ODL materials are especially important for women who live in countries where they are seen principally as homemakers and carers of children, and where their social and cultural norms make attending face-to-face classes difficult. ODL can provide such women, their partners and their children with the key to the world of learning. Producers of ODL materials must ensure that this key works for both sexes. To encourage participation by both sexes, learning materials must take into consideration barriers that might exclude either. This guide will bring these barriers to the reader's attention and suggest some strategies that encourage successful participation by both sexes. (Contains 1 table and a list of print and web resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commonwealth of Learning
Identifiers - Location: Australia