ERIC Number: ED390611
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
A Pilot Study of Interactions between Teachers and Senior Students at the Brisbane School of Distance Education.
This paper examines the frequency and purpose of interactions between rural students and teachers at the Brisbane School of Distance Education. Research regarding distance education indicated that: (1) both the school community and rural community significantly influence teacher-student interactions; (2) the student population represents diverse learning needs; (3) the frequency of teacher-student interactions is directly related to the time lapse between interaction and feedback; (4) use of interactive technology improves the quality of teacher-student interactions; (5) characteristics unique to distance education include dominance of print materials, separation of teachers from development and production of course materials, role of student motivation in independent learning, value of occasional face-to-face interaction between teacher and student, and necessity of coordinating community resources; and (6) distance education depends heavily on efficient support systems to provide quality education that meets student needs. Forty-five full-time senior students and part-time students of the Brisbane School of Distance Education completed a questionnaire. Results indicate that interactions occurred on a regular basis between students and teachers; the most popular form of communication was by telephone; the majority of students discussed their education with their family indicating that the family also had some interaction with the school; and the majority of students had more than one contact per month with their teacher--contacts mainly initiated by the teacher. This study suggests that rural communities must become involved in developing the necessary resources to ensure quality teacher-student interactions. Contains a 16-item bibliography and the student questionnaire. (LP)
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Correspondence Schools, Distance Education, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Foreign Countries, Rural Education, Secondary School Students, Student Attitudes, Student Surveys, Teacher Student Relationship, Telecommunications
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia (Queensland)
Note: In: Issues Affecting Rural Communities. Proceedings of an International Conference Held by the Rural Education Research and Development Centre (Townsville, Queensland, Australia, July 10-15, 1994); see RC 020 376.