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 5: Attitudes to Distance Education in China
Attitudes to Distance Education in China
The analysis of Chinese distance education (DE) in the previous chapter is extended by an in-depth survey of the nation's DE practices, and of attitudes to them. Current factors affecting DE adoption are revealed by consultations with a comprehensive range of teachers, students, managers and policy-makers. The survey reveals lessons for DE development in China.
The project examined the development of DE in China through document reviews, focus group discussions, field trips, questionnaire surveys and semi-structured interviews. The responses of students, educators and managers were considered. This report concentrates on the survey findings not reported in the previous two chapters. As the main survey tool, a questionnaire originally developed ...