Getting connected: Learning from external early childhood education students perceptions of their study experiences

Lennox, Sandra P., Davis, Julie M., & Heirdsfield, Ann M. (2006) Getting connected: Learning from external early childhood education students perceptions of their study experiences. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 27(3), pp. 275-289.

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Despite a rapidly growing trend in universities to offer flexible learning options, limited attention has been given to hearing students’ voices and learning from their perceptions of their learning experiences. This study sought to learn about students who enrol in external study (off campus learning) in the School of Early Childhood at the Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane). An online survey was used to determine students’ perceived access to support services and their satisfaction with off campus learning. Students were generally satisfied with their off campus experiences; however, some issues were raised. These included the need for consistency and improved usability of online learning and teaching Web sites, concerns about feeling isolated as an external student, and, in some cases, poor communication from subject coordinators. "Transactional distance" appeared to impact on their external study experience. Implications for further action are discussed.

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ID Code: 5144
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: External study, Online learning, Learning technologies, Flexible learning, Connectedness, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/10901020600843632
ISSN: 1745-5642
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education 27(3):pp. 275-289.
Deposited On: 05 Oct 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2014 04:55

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