Moon, B. (2010) Time for radical change in teacher education Connections February, Vol. 15, No. 1
In this opinion piece, Bob Moon, of the UK Open University, comments:
‘In country after country, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, the vast majority of resources are going to campus, residential training programmes extending for up to three or four years, whilst unqualified teachers flood into the classrooms and existing teachers have little or no opportunities for professional development…..
The logic of this situation points to the systematic development of school-based programmes using a variety of open and distance teaching and learning methodologies.’
Professor Moon then offers six strategies to support distance education approaches to teacher training in developing countries.
This particular edition of Connections is full of interesting accounts of open and distance learning and technology projects in Commonwealth countries, only a few of which I have selected. For the full edition, go to: http://www.col.org/news/connections/2010feb