Teacher education through distance education in Africa: The challenge of developing practice
This paper was presented at the Distance Education and Teacher's Training in Africa (DETA) 2009 Conference, August 2009, Ghana. This paper explores the current and future potential of the use of distance education methods for teacher development drawing upon many years of engagement with Ministries of Education and Higher Education Institutions involved with teacher development in south, southern and central Africa. The paper argues that it is appropriate and desirable for distance education methods to be used in teacher development programmes but argues that many current practices need to be questioned in light of postmodern perspectives and an increasingly globalised society. The use of distance education for teacher development should not be dictated by economic arguments alone but also, or perhaps rather, informed by concerns about the nature and quality of the education and training provided and how this manifests itself in improved quality of learning in classrooms.