ERIC Number: EJ1107464
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Some Critical Reflections on Open Distance Learning, with Particular Reference to Work-Integrated Learning
Kamper, G. D.; du Plessis, E. C.
Africa Education Review, v11 n1 p77-90 2014
The notion of "openness" in terms like open distance learning (ODL) is sometimes rather carelessly used, for example in the work-integrated learning (WIL) of distance learners (such as the teaching practice of UNISA's education students, where schools and UNISA form a partnership). We indicate that there is very little "openness" in this type of learning, and that ODL and WIL are in fact two irreconcilable concepts. Yet, when WIL is considered in relation to distance education (DE) there is no problem, because DE is a clear and generally understood concept, indicating a particular mode of education provision, within which WIL can be neatly and meaningfully accommodated. We conclude, also on the basis of empirical evidence, that WIL and DE (and not ODL) constitute the proven, established and ideal conceptual frameworks for the design and implementation of inter alia teaching practice (as WIL) in distance teacher training. In closing, we briefly reflect on the implications of our conclusion for institutional identity.
Descriptors: Open Education, Distance Education, Workplace Learning, College School Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Student Experience, Student Teachers, Qualitative Research, Preservice Teacher Education, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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