Todhunter, Barrie (2006) What is a suitable pedagogical framework for distance education for the commitment management profession? In: 2006 International Association for Contract and Commercial Management Europe Conference, 16-18 Nov 2006, Ascot, UK. (Unpublished)
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This paper describes the progress of a current research project and its value in assessing the possible role of distance education in the professional development of ‘commitment managers’. It provides details of the context of the project, the research problem, the methodology adopted, and the preliminary results of the analysis of interview and survey data. The project arose from the need to carry out a review of an existing postgraduate project management program offered in distance education mode at a regional Australian university. Goodyear’s (1999) pedagogical model and Engestrom’s (1987) Activity Theory were adopted as conceptual frameworks for the analysis, and semi-structured interviews were carried out with students, academic staff and support staff to identify a range of ‘disturbances’. These were then explored further by means of a web-based survey to determine the attitudes of students towards their experiences with distance education to date. Although the context of the current project is project management, many of the issues are similar to those that face professional development programs in the poorly-defined context of commitment management. Preliminary results are presented indicating those issues that lead to ‘disturbances’ in professional distance education programs, and those whose importance students rate highly. These critical issues will be explored more fully in the balance of the research project.
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)|
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|Uncontrolled Keywords:||activity theory, commitment management, distance education, postgraduate education, professional education|
|Subjects:||330000 Education > 330200 Curriculum Studies > 330204 Curriculum Studies - Economics, Commerce, Management and Services Education|
|Depositing User:||Dr Barrie Todhunter|
|Date Deposited:||21 Jan 2010 10:57|
|Last Modified:||02 Jul 2013 23:36|
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