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ERIC Number: EJ815762
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1492-3831
Beyond the Theoretical Impasse: Extending the Applications of Transactional Distance Theory
Gokool-Ramdoo, Sushita
International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, v9 n3 p1-17 Oct 2008
The premise of this article is that the Transactional Distance Theory (TDT) should be accepted as a global theory for the further development of distance education. Despite the fact that a transactional approach seems to be consciously or unconsciously adopted by theorists and practitioners alike, the reluctance to recognise it as a global theory has plunged distance education into a theoretical impasse from whence there has not been much development. It is argued that the TDT can have applications along all the supply chain of the distance education enterprise: it can explicate and ensure the sustainability of quality distance education in a technology-driven world, and; encapsulate the national concerns for policy development. TDT is seen as a useful instrument that should effectively inform institutional as well as national development. (Contains 2 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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