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Comparative Evaluation of Distance and On Campus Education: Is
the Deck Stacked?
Hinds, John Publication Date: March 1, 002
Evaluations of the effectiveness of distance education
courses may be influenced by differences between students who choose to
take distance versus on-campus courses. At Utah State University,
surveys were completed by 28 students who were enrolled in or had
completed distance-education courses in the Special Education program
and 39 students enrolled in similar classes on campus. The most notable
differences between the groups were in age and family composition. Mean
average age was 22 on campus and 43 off campus. One-quarter of campus
students were married, but only 2 had children; 89 percent of distance
students were married, and 75 percent had children. Most students in
both groups worked, but on-campus students were generally employed
part-time. Over 85 percent of distance students worked full-time, and
two-thirds worked in the public schools, primarily as teachers or
paraprofessionals. Forty percent of the distance students and none of
the campus students already had a bachelor's or master's degree. Almost
all students were female and white. Implications for comparative
evaluations are discussed. (SV)
In: No Child Left Behind: The Vital Role of Rural Schools.
Annual National Conference Proceedings of the American Council on Rural
Special Education (ACRES) (22nd, Reno, Nevada, March 7-9, 2002)