ERIC Number: ED307664
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
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A Description of Educational Networking in Northern Vermont.
Denny, Sara W.; Hood, Kenneth W.
The Vermont Outcomes-Based Network, consisting of educators from 10 school districts and the University of Vermont, is a loosely linked organization designed to improve instruction by sharing resources, especially for staff development. Network members have formally adopted an outcomes-based, mastery learning instructional philosophy holding that all students can learn, given enough time and the right conditions. A telephone survey was conducted to obtain a description of 30 members' beliefs and practices as they related to the network. Results indicated that respondents were wholeheartedly in favor of sharing materials, information, and moral suport, but were less committed to the outcomes-based/mastery learning belief system that purportedly drew the network schools together. Findings showed that network activity has enhanced professional growth among respondents, has increased levels of teacher involvement in inservice education, and has improved communication about instruction among members. Limitations (mainly the small and nonrandom sample) and unanswered questions indicate the need for further research. Included are six references. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Vermont