1st Edition

Distributed Learning Social and Cultural Approaches to Practice

Edited By Mary R. Lea, Kathy Nicoll Copyright 2002
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    224 Pages
    by Routledge

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    At a time of increasing globalisation, the concept of open and distance learning is being constantly redefined. New technologies have opened up new ways of understanding and participating in Learning. Distributed Learning offers a collection of perspectives from a social and cultural practice-based viewpoint, with contributions from leading international authors in the field. Key issues in this comprehensive text are:
    *the challenges of ICT to traditional teaching and learning practices
    *the value and relevance of 'activity theory' and 'communities of practice' in educational institutions and the workplace
    *perspectives on the relationship between globalisation and distributed learning, and the breakdown of distinctions between global and local contexts
    *issues of identity and community in designing courses for the virtual student
    *language and literacies in distributed learning contexts
    This book provides useful introductory reading, building a sound theoretical framework for practitioners interested in how distributed learning is shaping post-compulsory education.


    Lea, Mary R.; Nicoll, Kathy

    'This is a high quality, leading edge volume which seeks not only to explore social and cultural aspects of distributed learning but also to 'push the enevlope' of established methods of enquiry into open and distance educational theory.' - Carolyn Richardson, British Journal of Educational Technology

    'This is a rich resource for teachers in a range of settings. Those of us working as teacher educators will find it extremely useful as a way of engaging our practitioner-students with the problematic issue of the relationship between learning and technology and challenging assumptions about the utility of ICT as a teaching tool ... The contributions offer an empowering indication of how we can better understand, and thus take a more active role in shaping, "distibuted learning" for the future.' - Janice Malcolm, Teaching in Higher Education