A critique of anthropological principles of post-modern distance education

Naser Mohammadi Ahmadabadi


Although distance education is a newly introduced learning method, it has drawn many criticisms due to its failure in e-learning projects. The definitions of distance education focus on the distance between learners and the instructor as well as the way in which they interact. Thus, the individual and the process whereby he learns are one of the principal issues discussed in post-modern societies. In the context of post-modern education system, then individual is considered to be a product of discourse (Dialogue) and society influenced by nature and society. Such a view of individuals leads one to pose the following questions in the post-modern context: Is the concept of human's learning adopted by post-modern distance education different from that adopted by traditional system?

Is distance education consistent with anthropological principles of post-modern society?

Few studies have been conducted on human's learning process in distance education system and on the negative impact of machine- human interaction on cognitive factors involved in human's learning process in post-modern societies. Thus, this study seeks to analyze the same issue through examining the anthropological principles of post-modern society as well as to criticizing them.


Distance Education, Post-modern Human, Post-modern Communities, Traditional Education System.

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