ERIC Number: ED344729
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Hawaii Teleschool: An Evaluation of Distance Learning for Advanced Placement Calculus Instruction in "Paradise."
Barker, Bruce O.; Bannon, James
This paper describes the Hawaii Interactive Television System (HITS) program and provides an evaluation of the first year of broadcasts for the advanced placement (AP) calculus course. HITS allows two-way video-audio interaction among origination sites, but the configuration used by the Department of Education for its Teleschool program is the one-way video pattern with audio interaction through a telephone bridge. The purpose of the Teleschool is to deliver televised courses to schools that have low student enrollments in the targeted courses or are unable to secure a qualified teacher for the course. Eleven schools in both rural and urban locations participated in the first year AP calculus broadcasts. Most sites received class broadcasts live, but some schools showed videotapes of the class to enrolled students. Site coordinators and students were able to contact the Teleschool teacher through a toll-free number at his home during nonbroadcast hours. Results of a questionnaire survey of school principals, site coordinators, and students at each of the AP calculus Teleschool sites include: (1) students and site coordinators were particularly positive about the TV teacher's instructional ability; (2) school principals reported problems with transmission and with fitting the HITS class into the schedule; (3) students and site coordinators most frequently criticized the lack of teacher-student interaction; and (4) over 90 percent of the students said they preferred a traditional classroom. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Hawaii Interactive Television System
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Rural and Small Schools Consortium (6th, Salt Lake City, UT, March 19-21, 1992).