ERIC Number: ED449936
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
A New Model for Teaching in Rural Communities: The Electronic Organisation of Classes as Intranets.
The application of information and communication technologies to education can extend small schools by linking them to many other institutions and making them, in effect, large schools. It is becoming increasingly difficult to define a school's size in terms of the number of students who attend it in person. The definition of whether a school is large or small will become the extent to which it is networked with other places of teaching and learning. This new type of large school will have open administrative and academic structures that enable it to provide and receive educational material from other places, while a small school will have an administrative and academic structure that is largely closed to educational institutions beyond its own gates. As learning becomes more networked and institutions teach to and from one another, small, flexible, open learning centers will become more appropriate than large schools with high internal administration needs and large bureaucracies. The small rural school could become the model for the future organization of learning centers. The close alignment of school management with classroom management that is typical of small schools and the teaching methods employed in one-teacher schools where a teacher encounters multiple learning needs are more conducive to the flexible learning environments of virtual classrooms. A reassessment of the organizational and pedagogical skills of successful teachers in small schools may provide insights into an educational future based on networked learning centers. (TD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Class Organization, Computer Uses in Education, Distance Education, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Internet, School Size, Small Schools, Teacher Role
Full text at Web site: http://www.tellearn.mun.ca/pubs/model.html.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: Memorial Univ., St. John's (Newfoundland). Faculty of Education.