ERIC Number: ED229005
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Individualized Study by Technology (IST) for Alaska, A Model for the Future?
Smith, Timothy A.; And Others
An innovative approach to enhance high school instruction in Alaska is summarized in this paper describing IST (Individualized Study by Technology), a program which permits small, isolated rural schools to provide a more complete high school curriculum, reduce teacher workloads, and allow students to work at their own pace. The program goal of developing whole courses to be taught in rural Alaskan high schools is discussed, as well as the media model used to design the programs. Illustrations are given for the individualized, multimedia, instructional model, which includes the teacher, traditional texts, and printed materials; computer-assisted/managed instruction; and audiotape cassettes. The teacher's role in IST teacher training is then explained. Evidence of IST's effectiveness as indicated by teacher and student attitudes and by student learning is analyzed, based on an evaluation of the 1980-81 pilot testing of the Alaska history, English, developmental reading, and general math courses. Cost analyses are also provided. The summary addresses problems faced by course developers and the three-part solution which evolved to meet these problems. Conclusions and implications are discussed, and six references are listed. (LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alaska State Dept. of Education, Juneau. Office of Educational Technology and Telecommunications.
Authoring Institution: Educational Skills Development, Lexington, KY.