Looking up Close at Education from a Distance
This study reports on aspects of a large scale project conducted in rural and remote regions of Australia. The study was designed to assess teaching and learning practices in early childhood programs with a particular focus on literacy, numeracy and the use of information and communication technologies. Programs had been specifically designed for use in rural and remote areas and were implemented through schools of distance education with teachers conducting regular lessons via radio or internet-based satellite technologies. Home tutors, who were not necessarily trained educators, delivered the programs face to face. A range of tools to document these early years programs were developed. Data was collected through questionnaires, interviews with teachers, home tutors and children themselves. This was supported by observations of lessons using an observation schedule. Results will be presented in the form of case studies.
Keywords: Education, Distance
Dr. Libby Lee
Senior Lecturer, School of Education, Murdoch University
Dr. Anne Wilks
Senior Lecturer, School of Education Portfolio: Design and Social Context , RMIT University