ERIC Number: ED373946
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Teleteaching Distance Education. Issues for Rural Revitalization Series, Volume 2, Number 1.
Center for Rural Pennsylvania, Harrisburg.
This report provides Pennsylvania state legislators and educators with policy-relevant information about the distance learning needs of rural Pennsylvania school districts. Two surveys, covering rural and urban-suburban Pennsylvania school districts, examined distance learning programs and technologies currently being used and the possibility of creating rural-urban distance learning partnerships. In addition, 29 state departments of education provided information on their states' distance education practices, and relevant areas of the Pennsylvania School Code were examined to determine the impact of state policies on development of distance learning. While the majority of rural school districts used distance learning programs in foreign languages and higher mathematics, many districts indicated needs for distance programs in those areas, as well as in the sciences, gifted education, and advanced placement study. Rural administrators indicated that their greatest need was financial aid, followed by faculty training, technical assistance, administrator training, and facility changes. Most administrators wanted to use noncertified personnel as classroom facilitators, which is current practice in 26 of the 29 states surveyed but forbidden by Pennsylvania state policy. This report includes recommendations that fall into four distinct categories: state government, the state department of education, organizations critical to programming delivery, and rural school issues. Appendices describe programming resources related to audiographics, cable television, computer on-line information networks, foundation-supported programming, instructional support centers, public television, satellite programs, software, videocassettes, and consultants; and funding resources from corporations and government agencies. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Center for Rural Pennsylvania, Harrisburg.
Note: For full report and extensive appendices, see RC 019 758.