Ideal and real teaching competencies in distance education in a management course: a study in a Brazilian institution


  • Kely César Martins de Paiva ESGHT/Universidade do Algarve
  • Valéria Rezende Barros Faculdade Novos Horizontes
  • José Ricardo Costa Mendonça Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
  • Andreia de Oliveira Santos Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica de Minas Gerais
  • Michelle Regina Santana Dutra Centro Universitário de Belo Horizonte


Professional competence, teaching competence, distance education, management, teacher.


The aim of this study was to describe and analyse how competencies – ideal and real – are being taught in distance education (DE), as perceived by students and teachers in an undergraduate management degree programme of a Brazilian private university. The theoretical discussion focuses on professional and teaching competence and specific characteristics of DE. This exploratory and descriptive case study included quantitative and qualitative approaches (triangulation). Data were collected with 107 questionnaires completed by students and 10 interviews conducted with five students and five teachers. The results show a gap between what is expected of teachers and what they actually have been doing with their students. This is alarming for all concerned. Given the findings and limitations of this study, suggestions for future research are outlined

Author Biography

  • Kely César Martins de Paiva, ESGHT/Universidade do Algarve
    PhD, Adjunct Professor, ESGHT/University of Algarve Web Manager of the Journal Encontros Científicos - Tourism & Management Studies  Director of the undergraduate Course in Hotelmanagement, ESGHT/University of Algarve






Business/Management: Research Papers

How to Cite

Martins de Paiva, K. C., Rezende Barros, V., Costa Mendonça, J. R., Santos, A. de O., & Santana Dutra, M. R. (2024). Ideal and real teaching competencies in distance education in a management course: a study in a Brazilian institution. Tourism & Management Studies, 10, 121-128.

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