ERIC Number: ED443422
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
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Interaction Patterns in the Extended Classroom via Satellite Technology in the Australian Outback.
Wallace, Andrew R.; Boylan, Colin R.
This paper reports on research with a group of students in grades 3 and 4 who live on isolated grazing homesteads in the Australian desert in western New South Wales. The paper examines an alternative mode of delivery involving the application of satellite-based systems to provide a teaching-learning environment for these students. The trial of a satellite system made it possible to evaluate not only the appropriateness of the technology but also the potential for teaching and learning implied by such systems. This evaluation involved a number of key participants, including students, teachers, home supervisors, administrators, and those engaged in the preparation of the printed materials that form an essential ingredient of education for remote students. Data were collected through questionnaires, daily student records, home supervisor comments, teachers' lesson evaluations, and interviews with professional staff. Results are analyzed under two broad headings: reactions to the systems, including the nature of the learning environment and how the system might be improved; and classroom interaction analyses, including the direction of interaction and the type of interaction (e.g., social, procedural, narrative/expository, explanatory, and cognitive). Contains 17 references. (MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia