ERIC Number: ED400134
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching Art by Teleconferencing in Rural Schools. Rural Education Research Series No. 4.
Bewer, Mary Judith
An art course was adapted from the Manitoba curriculum for grade 9 and delivered via teleconferencing to three small, geographically isolated schools in Birdtail River School Division, Manitoba. Participants included 1 adult planning to study art at a community college and 38 students in grades 8-10 at a German-speaking Hutterian K-10 school, a French-speaking K-11 school, and an English-speaking college preparatory school. The course was based on previous experience with an experimental teleconference art course, a review of practices of teaching art by distance education, and consultation with 11 Manitoba teachers who had taught other subjects via teleconferencing. Course design involved writing workbook modules that could also be completed via independent study, selection of texts and art reproduction kits for purchase by participating schools, preparation of supplementary visual displays, and planning of strategies to increase interactions between teacher and students and among students from different sites. Implementation steps included preliminary visits to each site for classroom preparation and orientation of students and class proctors, preparation of detailed proctor guides, meetings with principals to gain their support, and arrangements to transport student art assignments. Course evaluations by the teacher, students, and proctors indicated that teleconferencing, while no one's method of choice, was a viable delivery method producing results similar to those in regular classrooms. Recommendations relate to the status of teleconference courses in schools, provision of quality resources, and the search for appropriate models for teleconference courses. Contains 31 references. Appendices include evaluation questionnaires and course materials. (SV)
Descriptors: Art Education, Classroom Techniques, Course Evaluation, Course Organization, Distance Education, Foreign Countries, Rural Education, Rural Schools, Secondary Education, Small Schools, Teleconferencing, Telecourses
Rural Development Institute, Brandon University, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada R7A 6A9 ($10.70).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Manitoba Dept. of Education and Training, Winnipeg.
Authoring Institution: Brandon Univ. (Manitoba). Rural Development Inst.
Identifiers - Location: Canada