Action research in continuing professional distance education

Miguel Baptista Nunes*, M. McPherson

*Corresponding author for this work

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In order to support the persistent evolution of Continuing Professional Distance Education (CPDE), an action research approach must be taken. For action research to be successful, explicit research models must be formulated and used. This paper presents such a model that conjugates pedagogical thinking, curriculum design and organisational context: the Educational Management Action Research (EMAR) model. However, the complexities and precise specifications required by Educational Systems Design (ESD) call for better support through development frameworks that incorporate educational and systems development philosophies. This paper presents and discusses an ESD framework that has been extensively used in the development of eLeaming.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-437
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Computer Assisted Learning
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Action research
  • Continuing
  • Distance
  • ELearning
  • Internet
  • Professional
  • Systems design
  • University


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