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Kember, David; Dekkers, John – Distance Education, 1987
Discussion of need for academic support for distance education students and the role of study centers in providing such support highlights a survey of 1,144 students enrolled in external courses at Capricornia Institute (Australia). Current use of study centres and future use in light of advances in telecommunications are considered. (Author/LRW)
Descriptors: Developed Nations, Distance Education, Educational Trends, Foreign Countries
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Kember, David – Distance Education, 1981
Statistical study of attrition and performance among external students of the University of Papua New Guinea found the most important factors in student attrition to be age, number of children, and to a lesser extent, housing conditions, sex, sponsorship, and region of residence. (EAO)
Descriptors: Age, Correspondence Study, Developing Nations, Dropout Rate
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Kember, David – Distance Education, 1982
Describes three methods for offering practical work for external science courses: residential sessions on campus, local centers, and use of home laboratory kits. The advantages and disadvantages of each are discussed and examples of each in operation are given. A 21-item bibliography is provided. (EAO)
Descriptors: Continuing Education Centers, Extension Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education
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Kember, David – Distance Education, 1989
Explains a model of drop-out from distance education courses and illustrates it with quotations from case studies of students in Australia; Papua, New Guinea; and the United Kingdom. Topics discussed include individual student characteristics, home and family circumstances, employment situation, educational background, motivation, and cost benefit…
Descriptors: Adult Dropouts, Case Studies, Cost Effectiveness, Distance Education
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Kember, David – Distance Education, 1994
Presents a critical response to a previous article (IR 528 340) that maintained a relationship between a cognitive constructivist viewpoint of distance education and the belief that prepackaged instructional materials are inherently behavioral and lead to surface learning. The author argues that prepackaged materials can help with deeper learning.…
Descriptors: Behaviorism, Constructivism (Learning), Criticism, Distance Education
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Kember, David; Mezger, Ross – Distance Education, 1990
Discussion of staff development in distance education focuses on the Concerns-Based Adoption Model (CBAM) for developing instructional design skills in subject experts. Contingency theories of management are examined, literature on CBAM is reviewed, and use of CBAM in a course team approach for course development is described. (22 references) (LRW)
Descriptors: Adoption (Ideas), Change Strategies, Contingency Management, Cooperative Planning
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Kember, David – Distance Education, 1998
Questions the suitability of instructional design as a framework for educational development; proposes action research (collaboration, participation, democratic decision making, critical self examination) as an alternative approach; and presents the Action Learning Project (Hong Kong) as an example of how action research can be put into practice.…
Descriptors: Action Research, Cooperation, Educational Development, Foreign Countries
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Li, Natalia; Lee, Kenneth; Kember, David – Distance Education, 2000
Discussion of self-direction in adult education, andragogy, and open learning focuses on a study that examined ways in which new students adjusted to part-time study in Hong Kong. Highlights include results of interviews with students; personal autonomy; time management; developing study skills; and assistance towards self-direction. (Author/LRW)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Andragogy, Distance Education, Foreign Countries