European Journal of Psychology of Education

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 111–119 | Cite as

Distance education: A particular context for teaching and learning. Introduction to this special issue

  • Martin Valcke
  • Mary Thorpe


This editorial introduction positions distance education in the larger context of educational research and theory construction. Next to a definition of key concepts, the authors elaborate three major issues that are dealt with in distance education research in relation to educational materials. The first issue centres on curriculum and values. The second topic concentrates on the creation of appropriate learning environments. The third issue focuses on the evaluation of effects of materials in use. In discussing the three issues the authors stress the particularities of the distance education context.

Key words

Curriculum Distance education Evaluation Learning environments Learning materials 


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© Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada, Lisbon, Portugal/ Springer Netherlands 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Valcke
    • 1
  • Mary Thorpe
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Educational Technology and InnovationOpen University of The NetherlandsAT HeerlenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Institute of Educational TechnologyThe Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK

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