Three distance education projects in Latin America : A comparative study and evaluation of some political and cultural determinants of success or failure
This thesis is a comparative study of three national distance
university projects in Latin America, one abortive, one struggling
and one moderately successfUl. The fieldwork took the form of
naturalistic investigation and a huge volume of interview data
and documentation was collected. For economy, each project was
scrutinized in turn under four separate conceptual headings,
leadership, the model adopted, viewed from the university centre
and local study centres, the Higher Education setting and the intended
and actual clientele (where there was one).
Not all the conceptual areas threw up data equivalent in
quantity and kind across all projects. This circumstance encouraged
and permitted a range of plausible, significant and grounded inferences.