ERIC Number: ED164002
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A History of Alaska's Involvement in Education Via Satellite, 1970-1975.
Raaum, Alfhild M.
Data for this study were gathered from primary sources (interviews, government records, minutes of meetings, correspondence, and tapes of programs), as well as secondary sources including the two reports "The Action Study of Educational Uses of Satellite Communications in Remote Alaskan Villages" and "The Educational Satellite Communications Demonstration." The former experiment used radio via Applied Technology Satellite One, while the latter used television via Applied Technology Satellite Six. These experiments were successful in broadcasting programs, both commercially made and self-produced, into selected Alaskan villages and cities at 40 test sites. Unique features included low-cost earth stations, audience interaction, consumer committees, utilization aides, and four-language channels. The possible effects of satellite communications upon current Alaskan educational problems such as the bilingual and multicultural aspects, need for early childhood education, the change from boarding high schools to small rural ones, the reorganization of the State Operated School System into independent school districts, and the need for adult higher education and vocational training, were explored. Results indicated such major findings as (1) satellites were an effective method of furthering education in Alaska including rural areas, (2) certain educational services could be delivered to rural Alaska only by means of satellites, (3) viewer input was advantageous in program selection, (4) government and nongovernment agencies cooperated effectively in planning and producing programs, and (5) regional networks were needed to supplement the statewide capacity in order to accommodate and sustain the multi-ethnic feature of the Alaskan population. (Author/CMV)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ph.D. Thesis, Walden University, Naples, Florida; Best copy available