What is a suitable pedagogical framework for distance education for the commitment management profession?

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.

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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.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Management and Organisational Behaviour
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2010 10:57
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2015 04:54
Uncontrolled Keywords: activity theory, commitment management, distance education, postgraduate education, professional education; higher education research
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130203 Economics, Business and Management Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/6633

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