ERIC Number: ED283050
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Effectiveness and Acceptance of Home Study.
Valore, Leonard; Diehl, Grover E.
The earliest evidence of correspondence (home) study in the United States dates from March 1728, and it has been formally recognized in this country since 1883. The effectiveness of correspondence study has been recognized by a wide variety of organizations and regulatory bodies including state education regulatory agencies, the U.S. Department of Education, employers, American business and industry, high schools, universities and colleges, licensing boards, the Veterans Administration, the armed forces, unions and trade associations, religious institutions, and charitable organizations. Standards for correspondence study are developed and monitored by the National Home Study Council, the National University Continuing Education Association, and the Program on Non-collegiate Sponsored Instruction. Formal U.S. government recognition of home study came in 1936 when the Federal Trade Commission adopted a series of trade practice rules formulated by the National Home Study Council. Numerous effectiveness studies have confirmed the benefits and favorable outcomes of correspondence study. Both high school and college degree programs are available on a correspondence study basis, as are vocational, military, and religious training. Home or correspondence study has been an especially valuable option for disabled persons. Recent advances in correspondence study include telephonic teaching and testing, education television, videocassette and videodisks lessons, and computer-based training. (MN)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Correspondence Study, Curriculum, Disabilities, Distance Education, Educational History, Educational Technology, Enrollment, High School Equivalency Programs, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Religious Education, School Attitudes, Secondary Education, Telephone Instruction, Vocational Education
National Home Study Council, 1601 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009 ($6.50).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Air Univ., Gunter AFS, Ala. Extension Course Inst.; National Education Corp., Irvine, CA.
Authoring Institution: National Home Study Council, Washington, DC.