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ERIC Number: EJ794061
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-1060-9393
College Students' Need for the Distance Model of Education
Prokopenko, Iuliia Aleksandrovna; Baksheeva, Larisa Mikhailovna
Russian Education and Society, v50, n3 p35-44 Mar 2008
The distance education model in Russia, in contrast to those in other countries, is going through a stage of emergence and practical testing in the market of educational services. As a consequence, certain questions arise: Are the consumers of educational services likely to be in favor of learning under the conditions of the distance model? Are Russian consumers of educational services ready for a high level of intensiveness of information and communication technologies in education? Is the distance education model capable of satisfying people's actual needs in education? To explore these questions, a 2006 questionnaire survey targeted two groups of students: (1) Those with personal experience of doing school work with the distance model; and (2) Those doing their school work on the basis of the traditional classroom model. Survey data provide evidence that the traditional form of organizing instruction based on face-to-face interaction between the instructor and the student is still dominant among college students' educational needs. The distance model, in the form in which it is being adopted in various regions, is not as fully accepted. Cited reasons for this include: (1) Level of the requirements for the use of information and communication technologies in education is significantly higher than students' actual knowledge, abilities, and skills; and (2) Certain levels of education have not offered any alternative to classes taught by a teacher, and, as a consequence, college students characteristically are much more accustomed the classical methods and find it difficult to adapt to alternative methods of instruction. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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