ERIC Number: ED238634
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Two-Way Radio in Schools (or, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Learner). An Evaluation of a High Frequency Short Wave, Two-Way Radio Trial.
The Country Education Project in Victoria, Australia, tested the use of two-way radios to bring educational resources to isolated children studying correspondence courses in small rural high schools and to increase interaction among rural schools. Eight rural Victoria schools and the Secondary Correspondence School in Melbourne used two-way high-frequency short wave radio transceivers for 18 months. Data were collected from log books, observation, interviews, and questionnaires completed by 11 rural teachers, 22 Correspondence School teacher/supervisors, and 38 students. The Correspondence School teachers used the system an average of 25-30 times per month for curriculum meetings and tutorial sessions averaging 15-30 minutes in length. The subjects taught most frequently by radio were French, legal studies, art, politics, and Italian. Students used the system for formal subject meetings and for informal socializing. Rural teachers sometimes used the radios for meetings with neighboring schools. All users were enthusiastic about the radio system and felt it improved subject understanding. Although it increased their workload, teachers felt the system allowed more in-depth treatment of some subjects and easier advisement, motivation, and diagnostic and remedial work. Respondents noted problems with reception, scheduling, and the lack of accompanying visual information, but most participating schools have purchased the cost effective equipment. (SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Victoria Education Dept. (Australia).
Identifiers: Australia (Victoria); School of the Air (Australia); Short Wave Radios; Two Way Communication; Victorian Country Education Project (Australia)
Note: Report prepared for the Victorian Country Education Project.