The Use of the Internet by Math and Science Teachers: A Report on Five Rural Telecommunications Projects
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting,
The Internet and the Information Super Highway have become familiar buzz words. This paper briefly discusses five projects with the general aim of using telecommunications and the Internet to foster the renewal of math and science education in rural schools. The broad questions, "Does access to the Internet and the Information Superhighway deliver the anticipated renewal of teaching and learning? If so, under what conditions? and to what degree?" are explored. The five projects are: (1) Teacher On-line Projects, (2) Creating Connections: Rural Teachers and the Internet, (3) Tennessee Valley Project, (4) Reach for the Sky, and (5) Rural Community Alliance for Enhancing Science and Math Education. In addition, detailed evaluation and/or description information for three of the projects (1, 3, and 4) are included. Data for the Reach for the Sky teachers was collected using questionnaires (n=19), interviews (n=22), comments online, a focus group discussion and classroom observations. Three themes were found: exhilarating experiences of having access to unlimited information and resources, overcoming of isolation and feeling part of a global community, and feelings of excitement and renewal. Data was collected for the Tennessee Valley Project through a questionnaire, a focus group discussion, electronic journals, comments online, troubleshooting sessions, interviews and observation of teachers and classrooms (n=14). Some of the triumphs and then some of the frustrations and barriers are discussed. Descriptions of the 10 projects in the Teacher On-line Projects report include gopher and world wide web addresses. (MKR)
Rogan, J.M. (1995). The Use of the Internet by Math and Science Teachers: A Report on Five Rural Telecommunications Projects. Presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting 1995.