ERIC Number: ED327169
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
The Importance of Authority and Peer Relations on the Educational Process of Onsite and Online Students: An Exploratory Investigation.
Regan, Kate; Tuchman, Shendl
Education is far more than the transmission of information. The importance of teachers as both authority figures and role models has often been overlooked in the educational and professional development of graduate students, as has been the importance of peer relationships. A study of 27 candidates for the Master's in Business Administration degree at a small university in California entailed interviews of three groups: (1) main campus students; (2) off-site students; and (3) online students. Findings revealed that: (1) main campus students expected and sought out interaction with teachers as part of their learning experience, whereas the electronic classroom students considered teachers more as an inanimate source of information; and (2) main campus students had the opportunity to develop peer relationships but did not, and were similar to off campus and electronic students in their view of classmates as providers of a competitive environment. It is concluded that computer-mediated education will succeed to the degree that educators understand the importance of peer and teacher relationships, how to help students develop them, and the role of competition in gaining or avoiding these relationships. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Technology and Education (7th, Brussels, Belgium, March 20-22, 1990).