The Growth of Online Education in China

A recent report has been published detailing the development of e-Learning and online education in China. The report, by, identifies that the sector has reached its “growth stage”, increasing in market scale by 20.7 percent between 2006 and 2007 (from RMB14.5 billion to RMB17.5 billion). So how is the industry set to develop from here? And what can the west learn from the success of the Chinese distance and blended learning systems?

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Fluency Instruction in Adults

One of the fundamentals of adult education school programs is reading fluency. Reading fluency simply refers to the speed and ease that beginning readers are able to read with. Fluency however is not a problem of beginning readers alone. Even mature readers sometimes suffer from choppy reading and mispronunciations when they encounter new and unfamiliar texts. To achieve fluent reading however, it is important to develop fast and accurate decoding of the material. However, why is fluent reading important and why should it be incorporated in adult education school programs?

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Rationale and Relevance – The Challenges of Adult Learning

Does the teaching of adult learners require different assumptions and techniques than the teaching of children and pre-adult adolescents?

For centuries, the question was rarely considered, as what could be called the “pedagogical” model of education was universally applied. Pedagogy is what we now call teacher-centered learning. The teacher is the expert who by virtue of his or her superior knowledge and experience over the student determines not only the content of what is to be taught, but how it is taught as well. Teaching methodology is largely a one-way transfer of learning from expert to novice, most often in the form of lectures and reading assignments.

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Adults Returning to Education

Education is essential for every human being. We cannot survive in this world without education. It is in the best interest of the governments of every nation to ensure that at least basic education is provided to all their citizens.

There are several socio-economic reasons that lead many people to discontinue their studies when they are young. Most of them may have had burning desires to continue their education further, but their commitments to their families or their economic status may have been a hindrance to their continuing their studies.

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