Indian Journal of Open Learning (ISSN: 0971-2690), Vol 5, No 1 (1996)

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Problems of Women Students in Distance Education in India

H.C.S Rathore, Sunil Kumar Singh, Gunjan Dubey


Gender bbed studies ofproblems of distance learners find an important place in Distance Education research.

A structured questionnaire, posing 1Oproblem.r expected to be faced by womenpursuing university degree courses through Distance Education (DE) in India, was mailed by the authors to 1200 women selected randomly from 8 Distance Teaching Institutions scattered all over India. Achieving a response rate of 51.5%, this study revealed that irregular and unsystematic supply of reading materials, untimely tutorial help, poor quality of supplied learning materials and lack of study centres in the neighbourhood are thefirst four, most severe, problems of women learners in DE. Appearing in all the papers along with regular students, longer turn-around time (TAT) of supplied materials, learning in isolation, accommodation at the venue of the Personal Contact Programmes (PCPs), compulsory participation in PCPs respectively are the next six problems ranked in order of severity which afect the women learners negatively. The authors have suggested here how some of these problems can be taken care of by the DE, and the suggestions merit the consideration of DE institutions in India.

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