Application of a Systems Approach to Distance Education


  • Teresa A Daniel Fielding Graduate University


Distance education, systems approach, systems view


Systems science provides a tool for understanding relationships between things and not looking for a single answer to a problem within the confines of a single discipline. In postmodern science, understanding the whole involves understanding the parts, but also examining the interrelations between the parts. Distance education manifests certain system characteristics which include: complexity, hierarchy, dynamism, nonlinearity, self-organization as well as both chaos and order. This paper will review the relevant theories and literature and apply a systems approach to the study of distance education in an attempt to understand the interrelationship between the systems and subsystems that make up a complex distance learning program.

Author Biography

Teresa A Daniel, Fielding Graduate University

Doctoral Student at Fielding Graduate University--Human & Organizational Systems (Anticipated Graduation: Summer 2008)



How to Cite

Daniel, T. A. (2006). Application of a Systems Approach to Distance Education. Proceedings of the 50th Annual Meeting of the ISSS - 2006, Sonoma, CA, USA. Retrieved from



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