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ERIC Number: EJ1023966
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0158-7919
The "Dissertation Marathon" in Doctoral Distance Education
Tweedie, M. Gregory; Clark, Sheila; Johnson, Robert C.; Kay, D. William
Distance Education, v34 n3 p379-390 2013
Participation in "communities of practice" is often depicted as a central feature of various theoretical understandings of the social nature of learning. How are such communities of practice to be enacted in distance education, which, by definition, implies spatial detachment? This article reflects on the dimensions of communities of practice experienced by four students undertaking doctoral studies by distance education, working in different countries than the one in which the institution of their studies is based, and at four different phases of their doctoral program. In each writer's experience, community of practice involvement was identified as critical in program completion, yet the source of the learning community was in each case outside of institutional provision.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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