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The key to successful establishment of distance education in developing countries seems to be the initial choice of an appropriate model (a model that can be built upon the historical and cultural context, can survive in an environment of limited resources, and will be compatible with the views and ambitions of its political sponsors and clients). Such a model should take into consideration the following factors: (1) historical influences; (2) cultural factors; (3) geography and infrastructure; (4) the technological environment; and (5) the political dimension at all levels. The best models of distance education in small developing countries (such as the Solomon Islands and the Maldives) include situational analysis to identify significant environmental characteristics and the relationships between such factors and their relationship with the functions of distance education. (Contains 15 references.) (KC)

Descriptors: Adult Education, Cultural Influences, Developing Nations, Distance Education, Educational Improvement, Educational Practices, Environmental Influences, Foreign Countries, Models, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education

Autor: Meacham, David; Zubair, Shafeea


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