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ERIC Number: ED440792
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Learning Partnerships in a Remote Rural Setting.
Boylan, Colin; Wallace, Andrew
The New South Wales (Australia) Department of Education and Training has been employing distance education for remote students since the 1950s, using high-frequency radio supplemented by printed materials and audiotapes. In these settings, a four-way learning partnership evolved involving the teacher, student, learning materials, and home supervisor (usually the mother, guardian, or governess). A 6-week trial program using a satellite-based delivery system was implemented in 1999 which consisted of 12 students in grades 3 and 4 located on 11 different homesteads. The satellite system enabled the use of video, better sound quality, two-way interaction with the teacher, and Internet access. The new system's effect on the role of the home supervisors was examined through lesson reports, weekly reflective summations, and initial and final questionnaires and interviews. Key findings were: home supervisors and teachers believed the satellite system was superior to the existing radio system; with the new system, the teacher exercised a stronger facilitating role in the teaching and learning process, where previously the home supervisor had that role; home supervisors felt that more lesson content was covered and student comprehension increased; communication between teacher and student was improved; a new learning environment was created for the student and home supervisor; and the main focus of the home supervisor's role evolved from managing the student's rate of progress through the materials to acting in a facilitative and supportive role. (Contains 12 references.) (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia