ERIC Number: ED444478
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Content Analysis as a Tool for Evaluating the Effectiveness of Distance Learning Systems.
Offir, B.; Lev, Y.
Knowledge is a necessary condition for any kind of progress in our society, and the teacher is an important factor in transferring knowledge. Distance learning (DL) enables the transfer of knowledge from one place to another. There are different methods of operating DL (videoconference, Internet, satellite), each with its advantages and disadvantages. DL is accepted as an innovation in the field of education and instruction. However, any change in education is only as effective as the ability of the teachers to successfully accommodate the change. This study evaluated the level and quality of the teacher-learner interaction and included three phases: (1) defining the circumstances and situations where the research can be performed; (2) constructing research tools and proving their reliability and validity; and (3) operating the research--collecting information on the teacher-learner interaction. The first phase examined the connection between the teacher's willingness to adopt innovations and the personality trait of risk-taking. The research sample was made up of 80 teachers. Risk-taking and attitude toward innovation (computer) in education questionnaires were administered. Five different teacher-learner interactions (i.e., social, procedural, expository, explanatory, and cognitive) were defined. The research data was used to construct a matrix for evaluating the teacher-learner interaction. (Contains 26 references.) (MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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