ERIC Number: ED106009
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Telecommunications Technology and Rural Education in the United States.
Perrine, Jay R.
The potential of telecommunications technology as an aid to rural education in the U.S. was examined. Information derived from relevant literature, telecommunications project reports, census and demographic data, educational statistics, and field data were utilized to examine the general situation in rural America and the 2 target groups of migrant farm workers and American Indians. Educational projects utilizing telecommunications in connection with the target groups were examined and then analyzed in terms of cost, effectiveness, quality, impact, and organizational control. Five separate elements were examined: (1) the physical setting and the population; (2) the problems and questions; (3) the forces, factors, and institutions; (4) the technology; and (5) the technological capability. It was concluded that telecommunications has much to offer in terms of resource-sharing, having the ability to reach physically isolated populations; to teach and upgrade rural teachers; to share good teachers; to bring quality audio and visual information to schools; to teach in bilingual, bicultural situations, and to share administrative duties. Projected large-scale satellite-based educational telecommunications systems were found to be relatively inexpensive, costing no more than $35 per student school year. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO. Center for Development Technology.; Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO. Program in Technology and Human Affairs.
Note: Taken from a Master of Arts thesis, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri