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Pedagogy and Technology: Is it the art and science of teaching or is it the media of transmission that enhances distance learning?

Samuel Haihuie
IoE, University of London

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     Presentation date: 11/01/2006 11:45 AM in NT Portland A
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Abstract
This paper explores the principles of adult learning and in particular distance learners use of print media and its pedagogical implications. Referred to will be Vygotsky’s theory of social interactionism as an analytical model for distance learning. Questions asked are, ‘How do distance learners view knowledge and manage learning?, How does an adult distance learner manage distance learning?’ and ‘Why do adults engage in study through distance education programs?’ It is anticipated that this examination will shed light on distance learning approaches among learners using print media in a context of an oral culture, low social and economic status usually located on the periphery of advances in information and communication technology. The themes to observed include pedagogic practices of the learner, the distance education provider, intrinsic and extrinsic influences and effect on the learner and the motive for engaging in distance learning using print-media concluding with a suggestion for a blended approach.

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