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Absence as opportunity: learning outside the institutional space and time.

By Arwen Raddon


This is the author's final draft. The publisher is Taylor and Francis and their website is apparent absence of learners from the spaces and times of the institution is usually seen as a negative element of distance learning, positioning distance learners as other to the "norm" of the present, on-campus, traditional student. This paper explores the narratives of a group of distance learners, highlighting that these learners primarily see being outside the spaces and times of the university as an opportunity. Rather than creating a sense of otherness, it is regarded as giving a sense of control, allowing space and time in which to take up their studies alongside demanding jobs and caring roles

Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Year: 2006
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