Theory and distance education: A New Discussion
Communication (Thought Transfer), Comparative Analysis, Distance Education, Educational Theories, Industrialization, Interaction, Personal Autonomy, Telecommunications
American Journal of Distance Education
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.
Simonson, Michael; Schlosser, Charles; and Hanson, Dan, "Theory and distance education: A New Discussion" (1999). Faculty Articles. 121.