Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Human Development and Family Studies
In order to understand the distance education learning experience of those individual and collective participants (remote site students, origination site students, and faculty), using Bronfenbrenner's human bioecological theory as a base, I sought answers to the question "What impact does a distance learning environment have on both students and faculty?" Methods I used to gather data included small group interviews and individual in-depth interviews with both students and faculty. The data I received was anecdotal, personal experience data from the participants. I analyzed the data using qualitative methods, specifically Tesch's Steps for Developing an Organizing System for Unstructured Qualitative Data. I used a screening instrument with students and faculty to obtain basic demographics and the extent of their experiences with distance education utilizing the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) fiberoptic technology. I specifically represented both negative and positive perspectives toward this type of education environment.
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Sherry June Washburn
Washburn, Sherry June, "Distance education from the inside out: experiences grounded in the real world contexts of participants " (2004). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 822.
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