Hall, Winnifred Madge; Marrett, Christine
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Educational Studies; Faculty of Arts and Education
Quality teacher education via distance mode: A Caribbean experience
Journal of education for teaching
Date of Publication
The University of the West Indies Distance Teaching Experiment (UWIDITE) which provides distance education based on an interactive teleconference network, as an alternative mode to traditional pre-service teacher education programmes, is described. Considerations are made within the framework of fostering quality teacher education and the relevance of distance education to developing Caribbean countries. Questionnaires were given to 169 teachers who were either graduates of or pursuing a 15 month certificate in education programme on the UWIDITE teleconference network in the options: mathematics, social studies, literacy studies, integrated science and deaf education. Responses to questionnaires provided most of the data discussed. Overall, the exploration highlighted several perceived strengths and weaknesses as a delivery mode for quality teacher education. Recommendations, including comprehensive feedback on assignments and interactive counselling sessions on the network, are given.....