ERIC Number: ED247883
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
School of the Air by Satellite. A Study of the Improvement of Distance Education in North-west Queensland Using the Australian Communications Satellite System.
Kitt, John; And Others
As part of an assessment of the educational uses of the Australian Communications Satellite System to be launched in mid-1985, this report focuses on the Mount Isa School of the Air. A general discussion assesses the mechanisms for delivery of distance education for isolated students in Northwest Queensland and considers possible functional regroupings of the existing services provided by the Primary Correspondence School, Schools of the Air, The Loan Video Scheme, the Itinerant Teacher Service, the Contact Teacher Service, Activity Days, and the Priority Country Area Program. Existing services in the Northwest Region are evaluated, including technical and educational resources. Two possible directions for change are considered--strengthened centralism and strengthened regionalism. Using assessment criteria, a preference is indicated for strengthened regionalism as a means of increasing the quality and variety of distance education services. It is suggested that a regionalized functional regrouping of services could be achieved using the idea of a School of Distance Education as the coordinating center for correspondence papers, School of the Air lessons, activity days, Itinerant Teachers services, and other special projects. Nineteen figures are included, and a discussion of the satellite link design is appended. (LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Queensland Dept. of Education, Brisbane (Australia).