ERIC Number: ED407557
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The Effectiveness of the Home Study Method. NHSC Occasional Paper Number 9.
Welch, Sally R., Ed.
Originally conceived as a "substitute" form of education, instruction by correspondence or distance education was formally recognized in the United States in 1883 and has since developed into an alternative form of instruction preferred by millions of people. In the past 100 years, home study enrollments in the United States have grown from several hundred to well over 3 million annually. Home study has been recognized as effective by many private and public sector organizations, including employers, schools/universities, licensing boards, government agencies, the military and unions/trade associations. In the United States, home study schools are evaluated and accredited by the National Home Study Council, National University Continuing Education Association, and Program on Non-Collegiate Sponsored Instruction. Numerous research studies have documented the effectiveness of correspondence, extension, and distance instruction. Many criticisms of distance learning are based on unfair comparisons with conventional educational programs with no consideration of the fact that distance education programs tend to serve part-time adult students who have more outside obligations than conventional students. For many years, the correspondence instruction method has been used successfully to provide high school course work. In 1992-93, 127 accredited U.S. institutions were offering campus-free college degrees in hundreds of fields. (Contains 30 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Accrediting Agencies, Adult Education, Correspondence Study, Distance Education, Educational Change, Educational Research, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, High School Equivalency Programs, Home Study, Instructional Effectiveness, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Standards
Distance Education and Training Council, 1601 18th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009-2529; http://www.detc.org ($5).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Home Study Council, Washington, DC.