ERIC Number: ED181881
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
The Spartanburg Interactive Cable Experiments in Home Education.
Lucas, William A.; And Others
Two studies examined interactive cable technology as a potentially useful means of providing adult and continuing education outside conventional institutions. One set of experiments on the interactive cable system located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, was aimed at adults who had not completed their high school education; the other study, which substituted data terminals for telephone interaction, was aimed at parents interested in the principles of child development. These experiments were designed to determine whether sufficient numbers of students would be attracted to and enroll in courses that rely on home terminals, and if these students could use the system to make satisfactory educational progress. The studies also explored the continuing debate over the federal government's role in supporting and regulating interactive cable service. Results were positive for both cable interaction processes and educational effectiveness, and telephone interaction was found to be preferable to data terminal interaction. It is suggested that the recent and continuing removal of restraints on the growth of the cable industry may be sufficient to allow home cable education to prosper. (Author/CMV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.