ERIC Number: ED317371
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Sep-30
Reference Count: N/A
Student Learning Team Program To Increase Educational Access to Rural Inhabitants: The "Itinerant Teacher".
Mount Aloysius Junior Coll., Cresson, PA.
This document includes a project description, an evaluator's report, and other information on an itinerant teacher program at Mount Aloysius Junior College (MAJC) in Cresson, Pennsylvania. MAJC, a private institution sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy, enrolls 550 full-time and 450 part-time students. The program, supported by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, involves the establishment of rural off-campus centers that offer continuing education to small, localized student-learner support groups. Work is assigned to groups of three to six students who meet weekly as the "learning teams." The monitoring itinerant instructor visits these groups and rotates once per week among three groups. The program offers associate degrees to rural students normally hindered by travel distances, geography, low population density, or cost factors. Under the itinerant teacher program, 126 students completed 239 courses between 1986 and 1988. Most participants were married females, between 31 and 34 years old, enrolled in a business course, pursuing a bachelor's degree, and had not had any previous higher-education experience. The accompanying evaluator's report is not an evaluation, but a description of intended procedures for evaluating the itinerant program. The intended evaluation design uses formative and summative techniques and includes both internal and external foci. Also described are evaluation activities during the project's first year, some evalutive questions regarding the program, and proposals for improving evaluation techniques. (TES)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mount Aloysius Junior Coll., Cresson, PA.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania