Strategic enterprises Down Under: engaging drivers of change in Australian universities' open and distance learning provision

McConachie, Jeanne and Danaher, Patrick Alan (2005) Strategic enterprises Down Under: engaging drivers of change in Australian universities' open and distance learning provision. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 6 (1).


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Like all fields and forms of education, open and distance learning is complex, contextualized, and contingent (Harreveld and Danaher, in press; Nouwens, Erdinc and Danaher, 2004) – and is attended by a particular and peculiar ambivalence (see also Stronach and MacLure, 1997). On the one hand, open and distance learning is often accompanied by commentaries about access, equity, and social justice, whereby the empowering and libratory potential of learning in one’s own place/ space and at one’s own pace/ timescale is highlighted and lauded. On the other hand, open and distance learning is as subject as any other form of educational provision to the influence of forces associated with late capitalism and globalization, at least some of which are linked with the potential destruction of family, workplace, and community relationships and social capital (Rowan, Bartlett and Evans, 1997).

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:52
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia, distance education, drivers of change, enterprise systems, open and distance learning, universities
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160506 Education Policy
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140204 Economics of Education

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