ERIC Number: ED352029
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Sep-30
Reference Count: N/A
Project Homeroom--First Year Experiences: A Status Report on the Project in the Maine East High School, New Trier High School, Amos Alonzo Stagg High School.
Hecht, Jeffrey B.; And Others
This evaluation report describes the first year of an innovative attempt by three Chicago-area high schools, IBM, and Ameritech to introduce computing and telecommunications resources into the educational environment. Information presented in this project report was gathered by the evaluation team in over 32 day-long site visits to the schools, where they interviewed participating teachers and administrators, observed daily classroom and special project-related events, and sat in on daily and special planning sessions by teachers. In addition, volunteer parents and students were interviewed in their homes. Two written surveys, the grades and attendance records of all participating students, and statistics for their classes were examined. The results of the evaluation indicated that advanced computing and telecommunications technology can be placed in the homes of students and used successfully in their education; communication is both the key and first step towards enlarging parents' interest and participation in their child's education; willing teachers and technologies can extend the school day and do away with the physical limitations of being present in order to provide help and answer questions; and schools need to take the time to learn about the potential partnerships between school, business and community that are necessary to make educational reform possible. Two project-related papers are appended: "School Structured Computer Learning Activities and Participation in Out-of-School Structure Activities," which was accepted for publication in the Journal of Research on Computing in Education, and "Causes Underlying Minimal Parent Involvement in the Education of Their Children," which was accepted for presentation at the 1992 meeting of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association. Both papers include references. (ALF)
Descriptors: Attendance Patterns, Computer Assisted Instruction, Distance Education, Educational Innovation, Educational Technology, Formative Evaluation, High Schools, Interviews, Microcomputers, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Qualitative Research, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Statistical Analysis, Surveys, Telecommunications
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: International Business Machines Corp., New York, NY.; Ameritech Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Univ., Normal. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers: Illinois (Chicago Metropolitan Area)