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An investigation of adult learners’ viewpoints to a blended learning environment in promoting sustainable development in China
- Yao, Chunlin
- Journal of cleaner production 2019 v.220 pp. 134-143
- adult education, adults, cities, continuing education, economic sustainability, females, issues and policy, learning, males, rural areas, surveys, sustainable development, China
- This study aims to investigate Chinese adult learners’ viewpoints of a blended learning environment in promoting sustainable development with the research methods such as hermeneutics and a semi structured survey. The research results reveal that Chinese adult learners believe a blended learning environment promotes sustainable development in at least three aspects within some degree. Firstly, with the characteristics of comfort and convenience for learning, a blended learning environment promotes sustainable development for adult education and continuing education. Secondly, a blended learning environment is an eco-friendly learning environment, which helps to construct a source-saving society. More importantly, a blended learning environment bridges the gaps in sustainable development between females and males and between those living in rural areas and those living in cities. It increases the opportunities for female and those living in rural areas to become educated and promotes sustainable development. The study hopes that the research results will be beneficial for education policy makers and practitioners interested in sustainable development.