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ERIC Number: ED315506
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Vocational Teaching at a Distance. The New Zealand Perspective.
Nicoll, Dave
The New Zealand Technical Correspondence Institute (NZTCI) is described. (The NZTCI is the largest teaching institution in New Zealand, with 34,000 part-time vocational students taking courses in 950 subjects. Its students constitute about one-third of all vocational students in New Zealand.) Among the components described are the students (80 percent male, all over 15 years old); courses (nearly all directed toward national qualifying examinations); teaching system (the printed assignment being the main instructional method); and the delivery system (the New Zealand Post Office). Also included are explanations of the arrangements made for students to do field and laboratory work; the training and duties of NZTCI teachers; the processing of student assignments; the encouragement of telephone contact as well as correspondence between teachers and students; the development process for new courses and instructional materials; and the assessment of courses, materials, and student performance. The document concludes with six strategies credited with producing a cost-effective and efficient institute: self-paced instruction; 200 hours of teacher training related to distance education; friendly communication between teachers and students and quick feedback on assignments; concise, clear written assignments; on-the-job training, lab courses, and block courses at other institutions; feedback from industry and commerce. (CML)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A