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ERIC Number: ED548145
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 191
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-2673-7474-5
An Investigation into the Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of Online Learning Programs for Small Rural Public Schools in Texas
Tabor, Bruce
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Lamar University - Beaumont
This qualitative study investigated the experiences of 10 superintendents in Pre-K-8, 1A, and small 2A schools located in rural areas of Texas, who have implemented an online learning program or programs. Narrative techniques were used to explore the challenges that they faced in the pre-planning, planning, implementation and evaluation of their online programs. As superintendents told their stories of challenges and successes, the following themes emerged: (a) superintendents holding a steadfast passion and personal commitment that online learning was essential for students; (b) providing essential communications; (c) relying heavily on district technology staff and education service centers for recommendations of connectivity, hardware and software to make the online programs possible; (d) finding funding through grants and other resources; (e) taking steps to overcome teacher resistance; and (f) identifying evaluation tools. For practitioners seeking to develop an online learning program in a small rural school, this study may provide insight into assessing the resources and capabilities needed for successful implementation. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas