Virtual School Meanderings

October 29, 2013

Article – Approaching K-12 Online Education In Pennsylvania

The article came through Distance-Educator.com.  I’m a little surprised it was even published, as this is a VERY poor piece of research!

Approaching K-12 Online Education in Pennsylvania


Kathryn Vadell
Drexel University
kbt25@drexel.edu

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to determine how K-12 schools are addressing the need to accommodate online learners in Pennsylvania. It is built upon a review of literature focusing on educational legislation, the personalization of online learning and online learning solutions. The study posed 21 questions utilizing a mixed methods approach to district decision-makers from across the state. There were 28 respondents. The data indicate that the driving force for developing online learning alternatives is student interest and while many district decision-makers are outsourcing the development of online education, most feel neutrally about the level of satisfaction with said efforts.

Simply put, this article fails to include most of the relevant literature on the topic. It also is based upon survey data from only 28 respondents – when there was a possible sample size of literally hundreds (possibly more than a thousand). Finally, it is basically a descriptive piece that doesn’t tell us anything that we didn’t know 10-15 years ago!

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