ERIC Number: ED395563
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
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Distance Education in the Pacific Northwest: Program Benefits and Implementation Barriers.
Yap, Kim O.
In 1990, the Satellite Telecommunications Educational Programming (STEP) Network in Spokane (Washington) joined with state education agencies from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington to form the Pacific Northwest Star Schools partnership for distance education. The STEP network offers telecast courses to 500 schools, 90% of which are in rural areas. Of the 6,000 middle- and high-school STEP/Star students in those 500 schools, 72% were in grades 9 through 12, 57% were female, and 26% were Native American. Courses range from languages like Spanish and Japanese to marine science and astronautics. A 1994 survey polled 440 superintendents and building administrators. Forty-three percent of respondents indicated that their buildings had participated in the STEP/Star program for two to three years, and 53% anticipated increasing the use of distance learning at their locales over the next five years. The survey also shed light on the perceived benefits of distance learning and on barriers to technology implementation, such as a lack of equipment, scheduling, cost, instructional concerns, and lack of technical assistance. Commitment of time and resources at various organizational levels was seen as a crucial factor in further progress. (Contains 5 figures, 3 tables, and 26 references.) (BEW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Barriers to Implementation; Pacific Northwest; Star Schools; Teleclasses; Washington (Spokane)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).