ERIC Number: ED229003
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of IST Courses. FY81 Pilot Study. Part I and Part II. Final Report.
Mason, Emanuel J.; And Others
Findings are reported from 25 sites using the Individualized Study by Telecommunications (IST) program, an individualized, multi-media approach involving microcomputers which was designed to bring secondary education to small, isolated rural school districts in Alaska. This document summarizes the development and pilot-testing of the model, courseware (Alaska history, English, general math, and developmental reading), and procedures which were used in the project. In Part I, an introduction briefly explains the program, evaluation design, theoretical approach, and basis for the evaluation, and lists the 27 specific questions used to cover five broad areas--students, teachers, settings, courses, and costs. Four illustrative site visit reports are included to provide a context for the results. Part II summarizes the general and specific evaluation findings, and provides specific and general recommendations. Ten references are listed, and appendices contain study data tables, as well as the eight second site visit instruments with responses recorded, which provide information on school characteristics and course implementation, hardware and software, teacher and student classroom behavior, characteristics of IST communities, students' attitudes toward self, school and IST courses, student characteristics, and teachers' attitudes toward the courses. (LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alaska State Dept. of Education, Juneau. Office of Educational Technology and Telecommunications.
Authoring Institution: Educational Skills Development, Lexington, KY.