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Teacher education beyond university four walls

Anamuah-Mensah, Jophus; Erinosho, Stella

Abstract:
In this paper, the authors stress that if Africa is to meet the challenge of producing enough teachers to provide quality education for all children, it must be the conventional approaches to teacher training and move the university out of its four walls to reach larger audiences.  They indicate that the policy of Open and Distance Education (ODE) offers more attractive options for teachers to pursue higher education and/or upgrade their professional status.  Using comparative data from a number of African countries and their case study of Ghana's University of Education, Winneba, they argue that ODE is an out-of-the-box approach that not only avoids the pitfalls of conventional learning but also avoids the opportunit-cost of taking people out of their normal employment for training.  The many advantages of ODE are outlined one of which is the fact that a larger number of teachers,including females, could be trained.     

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Title of Paper: Teacher education beyond university four walls
Conference Name: The contribution of higher education to national education systems: current challenges for Africa
Conference Date: 2007-03-22
Conference Location: Accra, Ghana
Published as Proceedings: no


Date:2007
Document Type:Conference Paper (Not Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Teaching and Learning
Country:African Continent
Keywords:Teacher Education, Developing countries, Distance Education, Mentoring, Programmes, Open and Distance Learning


File Size:54 KB
Rights:Permission to use this paper was granted by the Association of African Universities (AAU)
Date Added:22 May 2008


Anamuah-Mensah, Jophus; Erinosho, Stella (2007). Teacher education beyond university four walls Presented at the conference on The contribution of higher education to national education systems: current challenges for Africa, Accra, Ghana, March 2007