ERIC Number: ED224460
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May-30
Reference Count: 0
Distance Education: One Way Television with Simultaneous Telephone Group Conferencing Using Satellite Maps as a Monitoring Device. A Report to the Innovative Projects Fund.
Kirman, Joseph M.; Goldberg, Jack
This study compared teachers instructed in use of Landsat satellite maps through one-way television and simultaneous telephone group conferencing to another teacher group instructed directly. Thirty teachers of intermediate children in Edmonton and Sherwood Park, Alberta, received 5 hours of instruction about Landsat maps over a 2-week period; they began instructing their pupils in Landsat map use during the second week. The Edmonton teachers received direct instruction in one center while Sherwood Park teachers received TV-telephone instruction in three different centers. Both groups had the same instructors and materials. Pupils taught by these teachers were tested on their ability to interpret Landsat maps, and teachers rated their inservice training with a mail questionnaire. Results indicated that the TV-telephone mode was acceptable as an inservice delivery system, and was rated desirable by a majority. A substantial minority, however, viewed the experimental mode as undesirable, indicating a need for future analysis and some improvement on the present delivery mode. The TV-telephone mode was superior on physical comfort and convenience ratings, but no significant intergroup differences were found in capability to impart instruction. This report includes two references and suggests topics for further research. (LMM)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Instruction, Cable Television, Conventional Instruction, Educational Television, Elementary School Teachers, Foreign Countries, Inservice Teacher Education, Intermediate Grades, Intermode Differences, Map Skills, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Telecommunications, Teleconferencing
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alberta Dept. of Advanced Education and Manpower, Edmonton.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Alberta (Edmonton); Canada; Distance Teaching
Note: Funded by the Program Services Division.