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Research in Distance Education: Attitudes and Barriers


Indian Journal of Open Learning Volume 19, Number 3, ISSN 0971-2690 Publisher: Indira Gandhi National Open University


Research is vital for self-growth and knowledge. While research in Distance Education (DE) is seen as a critical element and is considered to be an indicator of the strength and weaknesses of the distance education system, it quality is always questioned as less than the required. It has been emphasized that the problem dimension of DE research comes from the nature of the people involved in the system, and their less familiarity with the research culture of the discipline. This research makes an attempt to consider the barriers faced by researchers in DE, and also their attitudes toward research in the discipline. The respondents in the study attended a 5 day workshop on ‘Research on Distance and Online Learning’ at IGNOU, and then responded to a short questionnaire. The results of the study identify personal and institutional barriers that can be considered by Distance Education Institutes (DEIs) to promote quality research. It also indicates that the respondents were positive towards research in distance education as a discipline, and thus, adequate attention to barriers would improve the quality of research in Distance Education.


Nembiakkim, R. & Mishra, S. (2010). Research in Distance Education: Attitudes and Barriers. Indian Journal of Open Learning, 19(3), 215-222. Indira Gandhi National Open University. Retrieved June 19, 2019 from .