ERIC Number: ED290961
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-May
Reference Count: N/A
Effectiveness of Home Study.
Diehl, Grover E.; And Others
Home study has enjoyed a slow but steady growth in popularity and acceptance. The growth of independent home study may be attributed to both the realities of the present educational environment and the consistently positive results of the home study method. At least one researcher has suggested that the initially slow growth of home study may have been due to institutionalized inertia by traditional educators. In recent years, however, such factors as the reexamination of traditional educational methods, concerns over increasing costs, and recognition of the need for the education and training of persons living in areas that are remote from school and campus sites and for persons who have already entered the work force, have made home study more attractive as an educational option. In the United States and abroad, increasing numbers of educators, government and military leaders, and business managers are coming to appreciate the flexibility, adaptability, effectiveness, and economy afforded by home study. It is estimated that more than 150 external degree programs are currently being offered by universities and state associations in the United States. Distance education programs have even been established at the doctoral level. Both Australia and New Zealand have been actively pursuing home study programs, and West Germany has established a central office for monitoring correspondence education throughout the country. In Asia, Africa, and the Americas, home study has been accepted by a broad array of countries, ranging from the most developed to nations that are just now developing. (MN)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Adult Education, Case Studies, College Credits, Comparative Analysis, Educational Attitudes, Home Study, Independent Study, Instructional Effectiveness, Military Training, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Public Opinion, Public Service, State of the Art Reviews
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Air Univ., Gunter AFS, Ala. Extension Course Inst.