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ERIC Number: EJ1076229
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0268-0513
Part-Time Learners in Open and Distance Learning: Revisiting the Critical Importance of Choice, Flexibility and Employability
Butcher, John; Rose-Adams, John
Open Learning, v30 n2 p127-137 2015
In this article, we argue that, if open learning seeks to (re)assert a social justice mission, issues of openness and flexibility are more critical than ever. Drawing on qualitative data from a National Union of Students Wales/Open University study, which explored, in the voices of Welsh students, the identity, motivation and barriers faced by part-time distance learners, three key findings emerged. First, the chimaera of "choice"--for part-time distance learners whose personal circumstances prevent any other mode of study; second, the vacuity of policy assertions around "flexibility" in HE--what personalised learning means for part-time distance learners should be contested and re-examined; third, the mantra of "employability"--for part-time distance learners, employability is a conundrum which needs to be understood in a far more inclusively nuanced way. We conclude that the voices of part-time distance learners need to be heard by policy makers and should inform open universities' continuing efforts to enable vulnerable and marginalised learners to access HE.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Wales)
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