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The Convergence of Distance and Conventional Education: Patterns of Flexibility for the Individual Learner


reviewed by Robert V. Steiner 2001

coverTitle: The Convergence of Distance and Conventional Education: Patterns of Flexibility for the Individual Learner
Author(s): Alan Tait and Roger Mills, eds
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415194288, Pages: 232, Year: 1999
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The Convergence of Distance and Conventional Education is a volume of essays addressing the factors that continue to blur the distinction between campus-based education and distance learning. The range of convergences covered is impressive, including student access, technology, cost, quality, student types, faculty support and the demands of the marketplace. In targeting convergence, the volume provides many useful insights into both the opportunities and threats posed by the increasing prevalence of distance education in particular and technology-mediated education in general. The editors of this book are Alan Tait, a staff tutor in the School of Education at the Open University (UK), and Roger Mills, the Director of the Open University in East Anglia. In their opening essay to the volume (one of a series of distance education monographs published by Routledge), Tait and Mills place their theme in context, noting both the rapidity of convergence as well as its breadth and depth. They describe governmental lifelong learning policy initiatives, financial pressures, resource constraints, the rise of learner-centered approaches,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 103 Number 1, 2001, p. 140-142
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10581, Date Accessed: 11/20/2017 6:04:29 PM

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  • Robert Steiner
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    Robert Steiner directs the Distance Learning Project at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he is responsible for the design, development, implementation and evaluation of the College's distance education offerings. He also serves as a member of the adjunct faculty of the Program in Science Education at Teachers College. A former principal investigator for the National Science Foundation, his research interests include distance learning, elementary particle physics and the use of computers in science education.
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