ERIC Number: ED327668
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Comparison of Achievement of Students in On-Campus Classroom Instruction versus Satellite Teleconference Instruction.
Clark, Burton A.
A study compared the test scores of National Fire Academy (NFA) students who received on-campus classroom instruction and students who received the same instruction delivered by satellite teleconference. Following a review of literature that indicated no significant difference in test scores between on-campus classroom students and teleconference students, a controlled study was set up. The subjects were males between 35 and 55 years of age who held chief officer positions in fire departments around the country. The control group consisted of 34 students attending an executive development course at the NFA, and the experimental group consisted of 35 students attending a teleconference site. The test instrument developed for this study was a criterion-referenced, multiple-choice, 10-item test, examined for reliability and validity. Both groups received identical lectures, one live and one taped. The satellite teleconference group had a mean score of 7.3, whereas the control group had a mean score of 9.6. It is concluded that although the on-campus group scored higher on the test, both groups did learn. The difference may be in student motivation to use the information; however, the study demonstrated that teleconferencing was less effective than classroom instruction. It is recommended that comprehensive instructional development technology should be included in the design and implementation of teleconferences in order to increase learning. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Fire Academy
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Teaching Public Administration (12th, Charlottesville, VA, March 1989).