ANALYSIS OF FACE TO FACE TUTORIALS OF DISTANCE LEARNERS FOR PROSPECTIVE TEACHERS IN PAKISTAN
Distance education programs include an element of face-to-face tutoring. This paper reports on a research concerned with various issues related to face-to-face tutorials in the distance teacher education system in Pakistan, including evaluation of students about the good and weak features of tutorial process in teacher education courses. Data of this study is based on a survey research, collecting data from 2549 distance learners of teacher education course B Ed with the help of questionnaire. The research found that distance learners give importance to tutorials. They want planned teaching activities during tutorials regarding their course contents. Institutions have planning about observing students’ attendance during tutorials. On the other hand, tutorial process has defects in helping learners to teach according to the theme of distance education by experts in distance teaching especially in rural areas of the country. This study guides to include some proportion of online tutorials along with face to face traditional method of tutorials in study centres in courses, give weight to attendance of tutorials in result of students, improve appointment policy of tutors, and consider tutors’ training in distance teaching while appointing tutors.