ERIC Number: ED331670
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-12
Reference Count: N/A
Technology and Collaboration: Strategies for Improving Educational Delivery Systems in Rural Schools.
Mann, George; And Others
With the assistance of East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, the Indianola Public Schools in Oklahoma developed a computerized curriculum management system (CMS) to aid in curricular planning and evaluation. Using CMS, teachers can implement findings associated with the effective schools research by delineating and communicating the goals and objectives of instruction, by encouraging high expectations for student achievement, by emphasizing basic skills, and by continuously monitoring student progress. CMS uses the Annehurst Curricular Classification System (ACCS) which contains approximately 60,000 learning outcomes in mathematics, science, language arts and social studies. Materials designed to teach the curricular content were entered into CMS data banks. Activities can also be coded by learning modalities. Students are placed in the scope and sequence of the curriculum based on the results of criterion referenced tests. CMS generates a 2-week individualized plan of study for each student, detailing the objectives and the activities. At the end of the 2-week period, the students are tested, and CMS produces a report to teachers and parents. The system is also designed to evaluate learning activities based on teacher rating and student performance. CMS enables public school and university faculty to collaborate through shared data banks which can be monitored at university sites. This facilitates remediating curricular problems, as well as conducting research. During the 1988-89 academic year, CMS was field-tested using 120 students in the mathematics curriculum. A pretest-posttest study of composite mathematics achievement scores found a gain of 14 percentile points. (KS)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College School Cooperation, Competency Based Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Technology, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Individualized Instruction, Learning Activities, Mastery Learning, Rural Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Curriculum Management Systems; East Central Oklahoma State University
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Futures Society (Fayetteville, AK, April 12, 1991).