ERIC Number: ED168535
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Correspondence Education Combined with Systematic Telephone Tutoring.
This study focused on the improvement of traditional two-way communication processes in correspondence education through variations on the uses of postal communications, reinforcing the feedback sent by mail with systematic telephone calls, and combinations of mail and face-to-face contacts; the primary focus was correspondence education combined with telephone tutoring. A literature review covers correspondence education, two-way communication, and the telephone as an instructional aid. The experimental design of the study involved two groups of randomly distributed correspondence students. The experimental group received telephone tutoring in addition to the conventional feedback, while the other received only written feedback by mail. Courses included were introductory French and basic economics, both intended for adult learners. Results indicated that students who received telephone tutoring reacted to it favorably; however, no difference was found between the two groups in achievement, amount of study time, or feelings of isolation. Telephone tutoring proved to be of a greater advantage to those students studying a foreign language than to students studying one of the social sciences. (RAO)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Tri-Centennial Fund, Stockholm (Sweden).
Authoring Institution: Lund Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Education.
Identifiers: Distance Education