In July and August 1989 the Delaware-Chenango Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) piloted the Summer Telelearning for Academic Renewal (STAR) program, a telecommunications-based program aimed at reducing the potential for at-risk eighth graders to drop out of school. Students were selected for the program by their home schools on the basis of their grades and other factors suggesting that they were likely not to complete high school, including attitude, disruptive behavior, poor attendance records, and home environment. An evaluation of the program suggests that telelearning can be used with at-risk students, although a summer program may not be the most appropriate application of the medium. The STAR experience also suggests that small group activities and team teaching can be extremely helpful in molding appropriate learning behavior of at-risk students. This report describes the historical perspective and development of the program; provides overviews of the evaluation process, the team teaching approach, teacher selection methods, enrollment guidelines, and program activities; and discusses evaluation findings, including observations on group interaction of students, team teaching, and computer use by students. Evaluation forms used by students to assess the program are appended together with summaries of their responses. (GL)
Developed by the Telelearning Project.
1 - Available on microfiche
Delaware-Chenango Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Norwich, NY.