Evaluation of Competencies Development of Teacher Through Distance Education Essay

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EVALUATION OF THE COMPETENCIES DEVELOPMENT OF TEACHERS THROUGH DISTANCE EDUCATION IN PAKISTAN EVALUATION OF THE COMPETENCIES DEVELOPMENT OF TEACHERS THROUGH DISTANCE EDUCATION IN PAKISTAN ABSTRACT: This article reports a study of teachers who have graduated in education via distance in Pakistan. An extensive review of the literature established teacher competencies that are generally agreed as necessary for effective classroom teaching while studies that researched the value and impact of distance education were also examined. To research the extent to which teachers who obtained their degrees from Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) in Pakistan possessed these competencies, survey questionnaires were devised to gather data from several perspectives including secondary school teachers who graduated from AIOU, their students and heads of school as well as academics teaching at AIOU. Data collected and analysed led to recommendations for ways to improve teacher education in Pakistan as well as implications for best practices for the effective delivery and support of open and distance education both locally or internationally. INTRODUCTION Many countries with large populations rely on distance education to provide access to higher education. Countries such as China, India, Turkey and Pakistan have well established open universities that provide education to many students. Though such distance courses are regularly evaluated and researched for their innovation and student satisfaction, the capacity of their graduates to perform competently in their chosen professions is a test of their effectiveness and their equivalence with traditional on-campus university courses. This article describes a study that attempted to evaluate the outcomes of an open university course in teacher education through surveying the competence of the teachers who have attained their

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