State public policies and the field of distance education: Disputes and perspectives around quality

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This text analyzes the relationship between state public policies and the formation of the distance education (DE) field in Brazil, highlighting the disputes and perspectives around its conceptualization and quality. Based on bibliographic and documentary research, as well as the examination of significant distance education indicators, this article examines the legal basis for the regulation of this modality and defends the regulation and expansion of academic and social quality within higher education, which includes a public, free, and inclusive DE, based on the same parameters. The authors conclude that, in addition to the formation and consolidation of this new field, which has specific habitus, agents, and disputes, there are currently clashes around its flexibility, (de)regulation, competitive self-regulation, conceptualization and academic and social quality, which have favored the mercantile private sector.

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Oliveira, J. F., & Lima, D. C. B. P. (2022). State public policies and the field of distance education: Disputes and perspectives around quality. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 30, (32). https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.30.6572
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Educação Superior na América Latina em Tempos de Crise
Author Biographies

João Ferreira Oliveira, Universidade Federal de Goiás

Professor Titular da Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG) no curso de Pedagogia e no Programa de Pós-Graduação em Educação. Doutor e pós-doutor em Educação pela Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Bolsista produtividade do CNPq.

Daniela Costa Britto Pereira Lima, Universidade Federal de Goiás

Professora Assistente da Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG) no curso de Pedagogia e no Programa de Pós-Graduação em Educação. Mestre em Educação pela UFG, Doutora em Políticas Públicas, Estratégias e Desenvolvimento pela UFRJ e Pós-Doutora em Educação pela UFMT. Líder do Grupo de Estudos e Pesquisas em Tecnologias e Educação a Distância – GEaD/CNPq/UFG. Vice-coordenadora do GT 16 da Anped Centro-Oeste. Editora chefe da Revista UFG.