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ERIC Number: ED406964
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
Pages: 93
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Effects of Distance Education Technology on Teaching and Learning.
Coutts, Julia
This report is a summary of a Master's thesis, entitled "Distance Education Technology and the Teaching-Learning Process in a Rural High School: A Case Study." The study explores the use of distance education technology in a small rural high school. More specifically, the study focuses on two issues: (1) students' approach to learning and their views about learning in the receiving classroom of a distance education project using compressed video technology and (2) the teacher's approach to teaching and his/her views about teaching in the sending classroom of such a project. Data was collected through observations and interviews in September and October, 1993 in the Law 30 class of two K-12 schools in the Wheatbelt School Division (Saskatchewan, Canada). Contextual description of the study is followed by portrayals of the six participants and a discussion of administrative, instructional, and technical considerations (class size, scheduling, examination supervision, class format, pace of instruction, students' advance preparation, classroom setup, camera and picture quality, and sound quality). The different approaches and viewpoints of each participant are highlighted. Findings from the study focus on the underlying themes of technology, interpersonal interaction, and the additional demands made by the technology on the teacher and students. The results of this study demonstrate the necessity of careful pre-planning and ongoing support of teachers and students for the duration of distance education classes. Suggestions are presented in these areas for boards of education, administrators and teachers. Diagrams of the sending and receiving classrooms are appended. (Contains 32 references.) (AEF)
SSTA Research Centre, Saskatchewan School Trustees Association, 400-2222 Thirteenth Ave., Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 3M7, Canada.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saskatchewan School Trustees Association, Regina. Research Centre.
Identifiers - Location: Canada