A Critical Analysis of Transactional Distance Theory
Gorsky, Paul, Caspi, Avner, Quarterly Review of Distance Education
This investigation reviews published empirical studies that attempted to support or to validate transactional distance theory (Moore, 1993). It was found that either data only partially supported the theory or, that if they apparently did so, the studies lacked reliability, construct validity, or both. It was concluded that the basic propositions of transactional distance theory were neither supported nor validated by empirical research findings. Furthermore, it was found that the theory may be reduced to a single proposition (as the amount of dialogue increases, transactional distance decreases) and that this proposition may be construed as a tautology.
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Publication information: Article title: A Critical Analysis of Transactional Distance Theory. Contributors: Gorsky, Paul - Author, Caspi, Avner - Author. Journal title: Quarterly Review of Distance Education. Volume: 6. Issue: 1 Publication date: Spring 2005. Page number: 1+. © Information Age Publishing, Inc. Winter 2003. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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