ERIC Number: ED308841
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Satellite Communications and High School Education: Perceptions of Students, Teachers, and Administrators.
Simonson, Michael R.; And Others
A series of research studies completed during 1988 examined the efficacy of the use of satellite technology as a delivery system of high school courses for credit from the perspective of three different interest groups: school superintendents, students, and leaders of teacher and school administrator organizations. Data from each of the study groups were gathered through the use of a unique survey instrument. The major questions examined in the three-part study of school superintendents related to the current status of the use of the technology; the attitudes held by superintendents toward this particular application of satellites; the immediate, short-term plans of the schools for using satellites; and the ways in which satellite courses should be administered. The student survey addressed such issues as characteristics of students enrolling in satellite courses; the reasons students have enrolled in these courses; their perceptions of the strengths and weaknesses of interactive satellite instruction; and the perceived difficulties and benefits of taking satellite courses. The final study, which surveyed teachers and school administrators, explored the appropriateness of the use of the technology for this purpose; the probable impact on the teaching profession and on the school curriculum; and the adequacy of quality control when satellite courses are delivered. The results of all three studies indicated that satellite technology generally received a positive but cautious endorsement, and that it was felt to be particularly practical in the distance education situation. (3 references) (CGD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Proceedings of Selected Research Papers presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Dallas, TX, February 1-5, 1989). For the complete proceedings, see IR 013 865.