Evaluating student support provision in a hybrid teacher education programme using Tait’s framework of practice

Folake Ruth Aluko


Effective student support is key in stemming the dropout in distance education. This article reports on the student support provision in a hybrid teacher education programme. Altogether 160 participants were purposively selected; 126 completed a survey, 33 (30 students and 3 administrative staff) took part in six focus group discussions; and one instructional designer took part in a one-on-one interview. Tait’s framework on student support guided the study. The data analysis involved descriptive statistics and thematic analysis. The findings revealed that, although the institution is striving to support its students, areas that need attention include call centre services, tutor support services, tutor-student communication, and funding. Recommendations include the need for providers to pay particular attention to students’ whole experience to ensure effective student support. Further research is needed regarding the contextualisation of each aspect of Tait’s framework; the author suggests some guidelines to guide this process.


distance education; teacher education; student support; student success; Tait’s student support framework

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