The management of the writing process in the preparation of distance education materials

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    Abstract

    The study reported in this dissertation is concerned with how course
    writers manage the process of writing distance education materials.
    Research on management of the writing process from the course writer's
    perspective was undertaken in a tertiary institution by means of a case study.
    Grounded theory methods of data analysis were used in the study.
    Four major interrelated propositions emerged from the data analysis. First,
    course writers perceived that the nature of the writing process for study materials
    was not fully appreciated_ at an institutional level. Secondly, this failure to
    understand the process was reflected in the inadequate or inappropriate allocation
    of resources to complete the task. Thirdly, course writers believed that existing
    institutional arrangements were unlikely to change and, as a consequence, they felt
    it was left to them to find ways to best manage the task. Fourthly, course writers
    felt that, despite the difficulties associated with writing course materials, engaging
    in the process had some positive outcomes at both the personal and student levels.
    No attempt was made to generalise from the findings of the case study.
    However, insights into how course writers manage the process of writing distance
    education materials can illuminate the reader's understanding of the process and
    also guide further research.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationMasters
    Awarding Institution
    • The University of Western Australia
    DOIs
    Publication statusUnpublished - 1997

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