ERIC Number: ED266249
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Introducing the Personal Tutor/Counsellor in the System of Distance Education. Project Report 2: Final Report.
A research project examined the effectiveness of using personal tutors/counselors in distance education programs as a means of reducing student attrition. In the experiment, one person integrated the roles of different tutors in different subjects as well as the role of the student advisor in the ordinary distance education system. The main difference between the treatment of the experimental and control groups was that the experimental students communicated with one personal tutor who integrated administrative, teaching, and counseling functions, which are normally carried out by three separate individuals in Norway's distance education system. Students in the experimental group participated in 3 to 11 courses each. Eight months after enrollment, the experimental group had a higher completion rate than the control group. However, although the completion rate was higher in the experimental group, the proportion of active students was still comparable with that of the control group. The control group contained a larger percentage of inactive students. (Appendixes to this report include the study questionnaire and study-related correspondence in Norwegian. A bibliography is also included.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, College Faculty, Delivery Systems, Distance Education, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Research, Educational Counseling, Foreign Countries, Integrated Activities, Postsecondary Education, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship, Tutorial Programs
NKI, P.O. Box 10, N-1321 Stabekk, Norway (120 krone).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: NKI-Skolen Undervisningssentrum, Oslo (Norway).
Identifiers - Location: Norway