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TEAMS Distance Learning is an Educational Telecommunications Network service of the Los Angeles County Office of Education (California). It provides live, interactive instructional telecasts for students in grades two through six and their teachers and parents across the United States and in Canada. This evaluation summary consists of an overview of the evaluation design and products of the evaluation. Thirty-seven schools which used TEAMS were selected as Planning and Evaluation (PEP) sites from regions across the country. Information and data were collected through survey instruments and PEP site visits. A TEAMS Student Progress Form was sent to every TEAMS teacher as part of the survey. TEAMS focuses on a Three-Tier Distance Learning Staff Development Model for teachers that includes theoretical training, implementation training, and simultaneous teacher training and student instruction. There are seven Levels of Use identified in the Concerns Based Adoption Model, and staff who are adopting an innovation will move up these levels. Teachers reported that they viewed the TEAMS television teacher as a role model and demonstrator of new teaching methods and as a result, they were able to move easily through the levels of adoption. Based on the results of the 1992-96 TEAMS evaluation, an Implementation Model for TEAMS was validated. Teachers, students, principals, and site coordinators reported that they liked TEAMS programming and that it was increasing time allocated to and teaching/learning skills in mathematics and science. Nine tables present results of student progress attributed to TEAMS, changes in the Distance Learning Professional Development Model, and factors that facilitated or impeded the use of TEAMS. (AEF)

Descriptors: Distance Education, Educational Technology, Educational Television, Elementary Education, Elementary Schools, Evaluation, Instructional Development, Instructional Innovation, Mathematics Instruction, Nontraditional Education, Professional Development, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods

Autor: Lane, Carla


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