ERIC Number: ED054063
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-May
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Training Takes to the Road. Mobile Van, Computers Add Convenience and Quality to Continuing Education.
Lehmann, Phyllis E.
Manpower, May 1971
This article describes the development and use of a new delivery system for education services based on the concepts of mobility and individualized instruction. The system consists of a mobile van equipped with a central IBM computer and 15 student terminals. Traveling through rural Pennsylvania, it offers local teachers a course in special education that will enable them to recognize and help children in regular classrooms who have handicaps that often go undetected. Teachers can schedule their own instructional time after school or during their free periods. Upon completion of the course, they receive three academic credits from the Pennsylvania State University. The course averages 30 hours per student, with 100-150 teachers enrolled at each stop and about seven stops made per year. The cost of a year's operation is approximately $250,000. The project, called Computer-Assisted Remedial Education (CARE), is operated by Penn State under a USOE grant which runs til mid-1973. The success of the program has led to plans for more such vans, for instance, one which would visit hospitals to update the skills of health workers. (RT)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Diagnostic Teaching, Educational Diagnosis, Inservice Teacher Education, Mobile Educational Services, Rural Areas, Rural Schools, Special Education
College of Education, Pennsylvania State University, 227 Chambers Bldg., University Park, Pa. 16802
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park.
Identifiers: CARE; Computer Assisted Remedial Education; Pennsylvania