Student Support in Open Learning: Sustaining the process

  • Christine Dearnley
Keywords: distance education, student support, longitudinal research, constant comparative analysis, social, professional and academic networks

Abstract

This paper discusses the aspect of student support that emerged as a key component of a longitudinal study into the experiences of nurses studying through open learning in the UK. Students engaged in this study were mature learners who were practicing nurses and predominantly, but not exclusively, women. Participants perceived entering higher education as a considerable challenge.

Key Terms: Longitudinal research; constant comparative analysis; social, professional and academic networks

Author Biography

Christine Dearnley
Christine Dearnley Ph.D., is a lecturer at the University of Bradford and is primarily involved with open/ distance learning students in both the School of Health Studies and the Graduate School. She is currently completing a doctoral study into the personal and professional development of nurses studying through open learning. You may contact Dr. Dearnley at: C.A.Dearnley1@Bradford.ac.uk
Published
2003-04-01
How to Cite
Dearnley, C. (2003). Student Support in Open Learning: Sustaining the process. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 4(1). https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v4i1.132
Section
Research Articles