Development of critical thinking skills through distance learning in developing countries: overview

  • Neltjie Van Wyk

Abstract

Interpersonal contact between the lecturers and students improves the development of critical thinking skills. The process is hampered by the geographical distance between the lecturers and the students in the case of distance education and learning. In many cases distance learning is, however, the only option. The distance can successfully be overcome through careful planning of contact opportunities between the lecturers and students. The development of critical thinking skills through distance education and learning is thus possible through the commitment of both the lecturers and the students.

Interpersoonlike kontak tussen dosente en studente bevorder die ontwikkeling van kritiese denkvaardighede. Met die geografiese afstand tussen dosente en studente in die geval van afstandsonderrig en leer word die proses bemoeilik. In baie omstandighede is afstandsleer egter die enigste keuse vir studente. Deur deeglike beplanning van kontakgeleenthede tussen dosente en studente kan die afstand suksesvol oorbrug word. Met die toewyding van beide die dosente en die studente is die ontwikkeling van kritiese denkvaardighede deur afstandsonderrig en leer dus wel moontlik.

(Health SA Gesondheid: interdisciplinary research journal: 2002 7(2): 36-44)
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