This book provides valuable insights into the situation of women in distance education around the world. A wide variety of evidence from different countries supports the conclusion that open and distance learning has the potential to provide equal opportunities in higher and continuing education and that these are currently being missed. The author provides conclusive evidence that distance education, while involving a degree of risk to the stability of families and relationships, etc., nevertheless offers women a chance which, on balance, is worth taking. The author says that it is up to distance education policy makers to provide a framework for women students which will limit the risks and maximise the opportunities. Drawing on fascinating case study material, this book presents vital information for these policy makers.
'Though some of the findings of this research based book may not be applicable to all distance learning situations and to all women learners everywhere, it does flag up some very pertinent issues for consideration. It makes one acutely aware of some of the barriers, which some women face when they enter distance learning institutions and beckons the designers to listen closely to all potential learners so that they can accommodate their needs in the distance learning experience.' - Cheryl Ann Armstrong, Teaching in Higher Education