Beyond the boundaries: the unexplored territory of postgraduate distance education for multi-national professionals in project management

Todhunter, Barrie (2005) Beyond the boundaries: the unexplored territory of postgraduate distance education for multi-national professionals in project management. In: 17th Biennial Conference of the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia: Breaking Down Boundaries, 9-11 Nov 2005, Adelaide, Australia.

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This paper examines a current research study into the development of a pedagogical framework for distance education (DE) in postgraduate project management studies at an Australian university. As part of its strategy to deliver ‘transnational’ education, the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) offers a postgraduate DE program in project management to large cohorts including international students. Project management is representative of many professional disciplines in that it requires development of technical, strategic, organisational and leadership competencies, but strategies to foster these professional competencies in a DE environment require investigation.
Conceptual models by Goodyear (1999), Nunes and McPherson (2003) and Engstrom’s (2000) Activity Theory are being used for analysis of USQ as a case study to identify disturbances and contradictions in relation to project management education, postgraduate students’ educational needs, competency-based standards for management education and development of professional competencies, facilitating the development of a new theoretical framework and guidelines for a more effective program.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This paper was not refereed ( No evidence of copyright restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Management and Organisational Behaviour
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2010 11:09
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2015 04:54
Uncontrolled Keywords: project management, distance education, postgraduate education, professional education, theoretical framework, activity theory, 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 > 930399 Curriculum not elsewhere classified
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939908 Workforce Transition and Employment

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