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Capacity Building Counselling Strategies for Sustainable Students’ Success in Distance Education

Augustine C. UKWUEZE

Distance education is a lifelong endeavour designed for students desirous to acquire education they hitherto missed as youths or improve on their present academic status. Students study on their own with counselling as a major support service. It is reasoned that infrastructural, institutional and human resource capacity building strategies are required for counselling students towards attaining sustainable support and success in distance education. This study investigated the capacity building strategies which can be used for counselling students towards sustainable success in distance education in Nigeria. The study employed simple survey research design with a sample of thirty-eight student-counsellors purposively drawn from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). A self-structured questionnaire entitled Capacity Building Questionnaire for Counselling (CBQC) was developed by the researcher and validated for data collection. Three research questions and two hypotheses guided the study. Findings of the study revealed that well-furnished counselling offices, fortified e-counselling, provision of career information, social and psychological counselling services, and training and re-training of counsellors among others, are appropriate counselling services that can sustain students’ support and success.

Capacity building, counselling, distance education, students, success, support.

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