International Handbook of Distance Education

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Distance education is arguably one of the major developments in education during the 20th Century. From schooling through to university education, distance education blossomed to facilitate frontier expansion in the New World, capacity-building in developing nations, access and equity provision in post-War societies and flexible professional development and workplace training for late-modernity. The International Handbook of Distance Education explores the array of distance education theories and practices as they have been shaped by the late-20th Century and then positions these in terms of the contemporary circumstances of the 21st Century. The Handbook is intended a comprehensive reference work for practitioners, researchers and administrators engaged in forms of distance education in private and public education, from schooling through undergraduate and postgraduate coursework to doctoral research programs. A critical thread runs throughout the Handbook to provide the reader with stimulation to critique policy and practice with a view to being creative and responsive in their own policy development and educational work.

*Discusses lifelong and flexible learning environments

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Weighty both physically and in content, distance education was not, I thought, a subject that could sustain or justify 46 chapters by 60 experts covering close on 900 pages. Silly me! This is no basic introduction or middle-brow textbook: it is an intellectual tour de force and handbook par excellence, a worthy tome for academics and administrators, teachers and practitioners, to browse and consult for many years to come...The internationality of the contributors is impressive and this is clearly a work for the worldwide market...This book should have a wide appeal to all professionals in the field and should be the standard handbook for many years. The publishers have done a fine job. --Bob Duckett, Bibliographer and Former Reference Librarian, Bradford, UK

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