ERIC Number: ED224466
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
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Postal Two-Way Communication in Correspondence Education. An Empirical Investigation.
Baath, John A.
A review of the research on correspondence education with emphasis on its two-way communication aspects introduces this report on a series of studies designed to shed light upon problems related to the design and delivery of correspondence instruction. A total of 1,805 adult students enrolled in regular Swedish, Norwegian, and British correspondence courses of a secondary school or vocational training type were randomly assigned to experimental groups with (1) varying "submission density" (equivalent to varying length of study units); (2) varying numbers of assignment questions (omitted questions being replaced by self-check exercises); and (3) traditional postal instruction versus computer-assisted postal instruction. Data were collected through questionnaires, final tests, and a special student register. Results in the third series of experiments showed that the computerized postal instruction was experienced as more positive by the students than the traditional one. Students receiving computer-assisted correspondence tutoring started submitting more assignments than students receiving traditional tutoring by mail. In one of the two experimental courses, they also completed their studies more fully and more rapidly. Examples of postal two-way communication, computer-generated comment letters, and additional tables are appended, and a 13-page reference list is provided. (Author/LMM)
Publication Type: Books; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Norway; Sweden; United Kingdom (Great Britain)