Virtual School Meanderings

November 3, 2011

Creative Education Vol.2 No.4 – Case Studies in U. S. Distance Education: Implications for Ghana’s Under-Served High Schools

This showed up in my inbox two or three days ago, and there was an article in it that – oddly enough – was appropriate for this forum.

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Creative Education

October,  2011 Volume 2, Issue 4

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Creative Education, Globalization and Social Imaginary

Ponsan Rojanapanich, Nattavud Pimpa

DOI:  10.4236/ce.2011.24046    pp 327-332

Abstract | References | Full Paper: PDF

Measuring Creativity: A Case Study Probing Rubric Effectiveness for Evaluation of Project-Based Learning Solutions

Renee M. Clary, Robert F. Brzuszek, C. Taze Fulford

DOI:  10.4236/ce.2011.24047    pp 333-340

Abstract | References | Full Paper: PDF

Science Education of the New Millennium: Mentorship Arts for Creative Lives

Akbar Nikkhah

DOI:  10.4236/ce.2011.24048    pp 341-345

Abstract | References | Full Paper: PDF

Case Studies in U. S. Distance Education: Implications for Ghana’s Under-Served High Schools

Gabriel Kofi Boahen Nsiah

DOI:  10.4236/ce.2011.24049    pp 346-353

Abstract | References | Full Paper: PDF

Cognitive Linguistics–Inspired Empirical Study of Chinese EFL Teaching

Youmei Gao

DOI:  10.4236/ce.2011.24050    pp 354-362

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Eclecticism or Principled Eclecticism

Lianli Gao

DOI:  10.4236/ce.2011.24051    pp 363-369

Abstract | References | Full Paper: PDF

Outcome Measures of a Family-Based Education Approach with Mexican Immigrants in the Yakima Valley

Virginia A. Bennett, Carissa Sundsmo-Switzer

DOI:  10.4236/ce.2011.24052    pp 370-374

Abstract | References | Full Paper: PDF

Raising Engagement and Enhancing Learning: School Community Partnerships That Work for Students at Promise

David Zyngier

DOI:  10.4236/ce.2011.24053    pp 375-380

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Impact of Asking Support Questions on Grades 4 and 7 Students Reading Comprehension

Pilve Kangsepp

DOI:  10.4236/ce.2011.24054    pp 381-387

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Teaching Sustainability: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Yosef Jabareen

DOI:  10.4236/ce.2011.24055    pp 388-392

Abstract | References | Full Paper: PDF

Middle School Students Want More Than Games for Health Education on the Internet

Henna Muzaffar, Darla M. Castelli, David Goss, Jane A. Scherer et al.

DOI:  10.4236/ce.2011.24056    pp 393-397

Abstract | References | Full Paper: PDF

Impact of Psychosocial Factors on the Adolescents’ Behaviour

Beatrice Olawumi Ajidahun

DOI:  10.4236/ce.2011.24057    pp 398-401

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Comparative Analysis of Instructional Language Issues in Ethiopia and the United States

Daniel S. Alemu, Abebayehu A. Tekleselassie

DOI:  10.4236/ce.2011.24058    pp 402-407

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Meeting Their Fullest Potential: The Beliefs and Teaching of a Culturally Relevant Science Teacher

Charlease P. Kelly-Jackson, Tambra O. Jackson

DOI:  10.4236/ce.2011.24059    pp 408-413

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The specific article is:

Case Studies in U. S. Distance Education: Implications for Ghana’s Under-Served High Schools Open Access
Full Text(PDF, 161KB)  PP.346-353  DOI: 10.4236/ce.2011.24049
Author(s)
Gabriel Kofi Boahen Nsiah
KEYWORDS
Distance Education, Technology, Privileged, Under-Served, Interactive
ABSTRACT
Ghana, like many other nations in recent years, has made education a top priority for national development. Despite newly developed policies, however, there remains a significant quality gap among high schools; due largely to an inequitable ratio of government’s educational spending by geographic area. While most urban schools flourish with better funding and more resources, many rural schools are substandard due to funding inequity, inadequate infrastructure, and lack of logistical support, material input, and qualified teachers. These problems call for attention and resolution and distance education is considered a panacea to these problems. To achieve this objective, three distance education sites/cases—two parochial schools and one large state-supported public school were studied. Using a variety of data collection interview methods—video conferencing, Skype, face-to-face conversations, and e-mail—interviews were conducted with individuals representing various roles at the three case study sites in the United States: teachers, principals, local and district administrators, and technical and program directors. Effective and ineffective practices at these focus sites provided contextual referencing for future program development/replication in Ghana. Interviews revealed many common issues and themes for success in facilities/program development, program management, and instructional delivery. Recommendations and a model for online distributed education emerged to aid in addressing Ghana’s educational needs. The study findings can inform other systems, nationally and internationally, though the study specifically emphasized concerns in Ghana—where quality education is needed to better prepare under-served school populations for higher education and for further contribution to the development and prosperity of that nation.

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