Content Analysis of Distance Education in Pakistan: A Trends Study of AllamaIqbal Open University Islamabad

Muhammad Musaud Asdaque, Asad Abbas Rizvi, Nabi Bux Jumani, Masood Ahmed


This study intended to present the outcomes of the content analysis on doctoral dissertations in the field distance education submitted to AllamaIqbal Open University Islamabad (AIOU), Pakistan between 2001 and 2014. A total of 32 dissertations were reviewed to identify trends in terms of research design, data collection instruments, sources of data, data analysis tools, research areas, research models, participants and research interests/variables. Hence, this study holds a key value in helping the supervisors, students and practitioners to conduct the research in under-researched areas in distance education at AIOU in Pakistan.

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