Unveiling Heutagogical Practices in Distance Education: An In-Depth Analysis of University Teachers' Strategies for Exploration and Creation

Authors

  • Ruquia Altaf Mughal PhD Education Scholar Mohi-ud-Din Islamic University, Nerian Sharif AJ&K. Author
  • Professor Dr. Muhammad Aslam Asghar Ex. Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, Mohi-ud-Din Islamic University, Nerian Sharif AJ&K. Author
  • Professor Dr. Muhammad Ishaq Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, Mohi-ud-Din Islamic University, Nerian Sharif AJ&K. Author

Keywords:

Heutagogy, Distance education, University teachers, Pedagogical strategies, Online learning

Abstract

This study delves into heutagogical practices in distance education, specifically focusing on exploration and creation domains, through an in-depth analysis of strategies employed by university teachers. The objectives include evaluating the implementation of heutagogical activities for exploration, investigating heutagogical approaches fostering creative understanding, and exploring teachers' perceptions of challenges and opportunities in heutagogical implementation. The population comprises faculty members and Med/M.Phil students from Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) and Virtual University (VU) in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Proportional stratified random sampling is employed for participant selection, and a total of 176 faculty members constitute the sample. Research instruments, including a questionnaire and interview questions, undergo validation through expert opinions. The reliability of the questionnaire is confirmed through a pilot study. Descriptive statistics, mean scores, and standard deviations are used for quantitative data analysis, while qualitative data are thematically analyzed. Results indicate high agreement among teachers on heutagogical activities, both in exploration and creation domains. Teachers actively engage in asking questions, planning teaching strategies, and seeking information for tutorials. In the creation domain, they exhibit a strong inclination towards presenting problems in assignments, planning learning activities, and utilizing social media for knowledge sharing. Challenges in distance learning, particularly related to internet connectivity, are identified through qualitative analysis.

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Published

2023-12-31

How to Cite

Unveiling Heutagogical Practices in Distance Education: An In-Depth Analysis of University Teachers’ Strategies for Exploration and Creation. (2023). International Research Journal of Management and Social Sciences, 4(4), 134-148. http://irjmss.com/index.php/irjmss/article/view/175

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