• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

In Asia, Distance Education (DE) is providing major solutions in the areas of education and training. DE methods that are standard in other parts of the world, however, have yet to demonstrate their full potential in Asia. Covering nine DE projects by 39 researchers from 13 countries, this book analyzes the DE scenario in Asia, the successes, the failures, and the reasons behind them.

This book is a unique collation of the results of studies of educational technologies across an extensive network of Asian countries. It also provides a useful snapshot of DE's development in Asia in the early years of the 21st century. The surveys reported cover different DE contexts, methodologies, and levels of generalisability, and add to the existing scholarship on the subject by providing previously unavailable, firm evidence about DE's prospects in Asia.

The contributors give important recommendations that can be translated into practical and political actions to help solve critical socio-economic problems of Asia as well as other parts of the world.

Chapter 1: The Emergence of Distance Education in South Asia

The Emergence of Distance Education in South Asia
The emergence of distance education in South Asia
Bhutan: SangayJamtsho and SonamRinchen
India: SanjayaMishra and ZebaKhan
Pakistan: NazirA.Sangi and SheerazAhmed
Sri Lanka:V.K.Samaranayake (sub-project leader), P.Wimalaratne, K.P.Hewagamage and DilhariAttygalle

Distance education (DE) has developed more rapidly in South Asia than elsewhere in the region, with a wider range of approaches, and over a longer time period. Education is considered a major priority in South Asia, and a means to socio-economic advancement by all citizens, urban and rural, rich and poor. This attitude has created a demand for education with which traditional systems have been unable to cope; and the introduction of distance education has been intended as a solution. The chapter examines traditional and modern technological bases for distance education in the region, ...

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