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Distance Learning from a Person-Centred Perspective: A Guide for Tutors and Students

Distance Learning from a Person-Centred Perspective: A Guide for Tutors and Students draws upon the author’s experience as a distance learning student and many years as a tutor. The basic premise of the book is that tutors and students are engaged in a unique relationship where the tutor is teacher, coach and mentor.

The author believe passionately in the worth and value of tutoring from a person-centred foundation; the rationale is that when tutors relate to every student’s uniqueness the relationship will provide a solid base for the effective learning. To this end the author explores what being person-centred means, based on the work of Carl Rogers’ person-centred therapy, specifically the core conditions of empathy, genuineness, warmth, and unconditional positive regard and how these are relevant in tutoring.

To help tutors understand the student/tutor relationship, chapter are devoted to learning theory and learning styles, relationship qualities and principles, communication theory and skills, personality types and learning, the tutor as teacher, coach and mentor.

A final chapter highlights two hurdles to be overcome if distance learning is to succeed – time and loneliness – both of which, if not handled constructively – will sap energy and sabotage effective learning. The effective student/tutor relationship helps to reduce the possible loneliness and isolation of both student and tutor.

Available as a Kindle ebook from Amazon price £3.56