ERIC Number: ED390612
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
The Development of Telematics in a Rural District in Western Australia.
A case study investigated the use of telematics technology in the delivery of learning programs from a rural high school in Western Australia to four receiver schools. Telematics is an audiographic computer system that simultaneously links a teacher to classrooms in one to five other schools. The program was introduced in 1991 to widen curriculum choices for rural, isolated students. Interviews with administrators, teachers, and program coordinators at the delivery and receiving schools focused on six key program factors: accessibility, ease of use, reliability, functional application, organization, and lesson delivery. The study concluded that sharing of resources within a small cluster of schools has enabled schools to increase curriculum choices, allowed staff and students to become familiar with computer-based technology, encouraged and motivated staff to develop innovative educational practices, developed cooperation between schools in the network, increased retention of students in postcompulsory education, and increased opportunities for girls to develop technological competencies. It was also found that the location of the telematics equipment in the school was significant to program success, and that staff wanted existing facilities and equipment to be upgraded to improve lesson delivery. Staff also expressed concerns related to the level of program support and commitment demonstrated by the Ministry of Education, and the provision of a capable and reliable telephone service essential for program implementation. Contains 24 references. (LP)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Administrator Attitudes, Case Studies, Delivery Systems, Distance Education, Educational Benefits, Foreign Countries, Geographic Isolation, High Schools, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Rural Education, Rural Schools, Shared Resources and Services, Teacher Attitudes, Telecommunications
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia; Telematics
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.