Fischler College of Education: Faculty Articles

Title

Theory and distance education: A New Discussion

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1999

Keywords

Communication (Thought Transfer), Comparative Analysis, Distance Education, Educational Theories, Industrialization, Interaction, Personal Autonomy, Telecommunications

Publication Title

American Journal of Distance Education

ISSN

0892-3647

Volume

13

Issue/No.

1

Peer Reviewed

1

Abstract

Theories guide the practice and research of distance education. Traditionally, theories of distance education have been derived from classical European or American models based on correspondence study. Recently, telecommunications systems have significantly altered the practice of distance education in the United States and have produced a uniquely American approach to this field. This has created the need for a new theory to guide the practice of distance education. This theory, called Equivalency Theory, is described and compared to the historical theories of distance education.

DOI

10.1080/08923649909527014

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