ERIC Number: ED329798
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Aug-1
Reference Count: N/A
A Model Vocational Education Laboratory Distance Learning System. Final Report. Project Number: 99420007-57.
Bouton, Richard A.
A distance learning program implemented in 1987-88 to teach Health Care Science was modified to include the clinical experience appropriate for Health Occupations I during 1988-89. The teaching team included an instructional coordinator/teacher and four regional clinical coordinators. A total of 19 juniors and seniors at 7 rural school districts participated. Health Occupations I was taught as a two-unit course encompassing 2 hours of instruction daily. The instructional coordinator/teacher met with students via audioconference 1 hour per day 5 days each week for the first 8 weeks. The second hour was used for supplemental activities. After the first 8 weeks, students spent 2-hour blocks 3 days per week observing and assisting at clinical rotation sites, instead of going to the traditional classroom. Each student participated in six different 4-week rotations. Fourteen self-study packets were developed to prepare students for the clinical rotations and supplement the learning. Trained site facilitators provided administrative supervision at participating schools. Student performance was monitored by observation of general conduct, traditional evaluation of scholastic performance, and written observational summaries of clinical rotations. Sixteen students completed the program. Students gave high ratings to classroom and clinical experiences. (YLB)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, Clinical Experience, Computer Assisted Instruction, Distance Education, High Schools, Material Development, Program Development, Program Implementation, Rural Areas, Rural Schools, State Programs, Student Experience, Telecommunications, Teleconferencing, Telecourses, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Extension Instruction and Materials Center.