Handbook of Distance Education

By Michael Grahame Moore; William G. Anderson | Go to book overview

This Book in Brief: Overview
Michael G. Moore
The 55 chapters that make up this handbook provide overviews and summaries of the research and practice of distance education in the United States. As was pointed out in the Preface, the last 3 to 5 years have seen a rapid and explosive development of interest in and discussion about distance education, driven by excitement among educators and other professionals about the potential applications of interactive computer-based technology. In varying degrees all authors in this handbook discuss or at least make reference to the impact of this new technology. However, technology, whether new or old, is only part of the distance education system—and a relatively simple part by comparison with the pedagogical, organizational, and policymaking components. The handbook is not about technology but about the consequences of separating learners and teachers, one of which is the need to use technology. Thus, the handbook is made up of several sets of reviews and analyses of the research that deals with the history and theory of distance education, learning and learners, design and instruction, management, administration and policy, the characteristics of different audiences, the issues of costs, and finally some international dimensions.In commissioning these chapters, we asked each author to adopt what may be described as a bibliographic essay style, charging each to give an overview and synthesis of the research and scholarly literature of the subject being treated, supported by an extensive list of references. We also asked the authors to consider three specific questions, our intention being to provide a similar focus and structure for all the chapters and give harmony to the style of the handbook as a whole. These common questions were as follows:
1. What is the current state of your special research area in contemporary distance education in America?
2. What knowledge about this is based on empirical research evidence?
3. What further research is needed in light of the changes that are occurring?

A minority of the authors invited to contribute have established themselves as researchers in fields adjacent to distance education rather than in distance education itself, and they were invited because I believe distance education should be enriched by such cross-fertilization. Authors outside the field do not always locate their area of study within the broad field of distance education itself. Some of the terms that will be found in the handbook (e.g. telelearning and e-learning) emphasize the use of a particular communications technology, others (distributed learning and distant learning) focus on the location of learners, others (open

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