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The Impact of Socio-Cultural Issues for African Students in the South African Distance Education Context

Lephalala, M; Makoe, M

Abstract:
Open Distance Learning (ODL) takes place within different environments that are influenced by the social, cultural and political fields in which a student lives. This is particularly significant in South Africa where distance learning has been identified as the main system that should provide access to higher education for most students in the country. Through ODL, disadvantaged students can have access to higher education. This study uses a socio-cultural framework to examine distance education students’ accounts of their experiences of learning. It reveals aspects of the socio-cultural contexts that tend to be marginalised by ODL institutions.

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Document Title: The Impact of Socio-Cultural Issues for African Students in the South African Distance Education Context
Journal: The Journal of Distance Education
Volume: 26
Issue: 1


Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Students
Country:African Continent
Keywords:Open and Distance Learning, Open Educational Resources (OER), Online Education, ICT (Information & Communication Technology)


Rights:Pdf
Date Added:05 September 2012


Lephalala, M; Makoe, M (2012) The Impact of Socio-Cultural Issues for African Students in the South African Distance Education Context, The Journal of Distance Education 26 (1)