ERIC Number: ED230359
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Expanding the Small High School Curriculum Through Correspondence and Expanding Vocational Education Through Correspondence. A Combined Report on Dual Projects Begun June 1977 and Continuing to Date. Revised.
For the past 6 years Liberty High School (187 students, located in rural Washington state) has been expanding both its vocational and general education programs through correspondence study. Although federal grant monies allowed initiation of the program in 1977, the school district subsequently assumed financial responsibility. Student response showed a far greater diversity of interest than anything previously anticipated. Problems were encountered with the quality of the courses, the classroom setting in which the courses were to be studied, students' lack of interest in a course after a short time, and teacher assistance with correspondence course study. A special correspondence teacher/manager concept was inaugurated and found to be quite workable. A teacher/manager could handle some study hall students at the same time, but this did not work in reverse. Completion of the course on time has recently been made a condition for free courses (students are under contract to pay back the school district if they fail to finish on time). Because various classroom settings have not been satisfactory, a special correspondence/independent studies laboratory has been designed but has not yet been constructed. The latest experiment is with the work study program, whereby each student is given a job-related correspondence course. (BRR)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Correspondence Study, Cost Effectiveness, Course Content, Course Evaluation, Educational Facilities, Federal Aid, Individualized Instruction, Nontraditional Education, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Rural Education, Secondary Education, Secondary School Curriculum, Small Schools, Special Education, Student Attitudes, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Liberty School District, Spangle, WA.
Identifiers: Washington (Spangle)