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ERIC Number: ED452069
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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An Examination of the Outcomes of a Distance-Delivered Science Course.
Schoenfeld-Tacher, Regina; McConnell, Sherry
A comparative study was conducted to examine the effects of distance delivery on student performance in a science course. Academic outcomes and interactions were compared among students (n=44) enrolled in two sections of an upper level histology course taught over the course of a single semester by the same instructor. Eleven students took the course entirely online, while 33 took the course in a traditional, on-campus format. Although the performance of both groups on a content pre-test was indistinguishable, at the end of the study, students in the online group significantly outperformed their peers in the on-campus group on a content post-test. The online group also demonstrated a greater frequency of interpersonal interactions. Further investigation of the topic and content of interactions revealed that although students in the online group initiated a smaller percentage of content-related interactions, these interactions demonstrated higher levels of thought and abstraction than those generated by the on-campus students. (Contains 18 references.) (Author/SAH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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