Cable, Two-Way Video, and Educational Programming

The Case of Daycare

by Sue E. Berryman, Tora K. Bikson, Judith S. Bazemore

Download

Download eBook for Free

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 8 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.

Purchase

Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback169 pages $40.00 $32.00 20% Web Discount

The Spartanburg daycare experiment determined if (1) televised workshops in childcare can be used to upgrade the quality of daycare, and (2) video interaction enhances educational effects. A quasi-experimental design governed the assessment of the first question; a random assignment design, the second. On the basis of the Spartanburg experience, the workshop market consists primarily of daycare centers rather than homes. Workshop participants preferred audio return over video return (access to the workshop director without being visible) and video return over no return (enhanced interest). The no-return condition showed greater caregiver cognitive gains than the two-way condition; the two-way condition, greater attitudinal change. Being visible in the two-way condition seemed to increase evaluative anxiety, inhibiting cognitive learning, and to enhance group pressures to change attitudes. Neither condition showed changes in caregiver interactions with children. Relative to the costs of face-to-face training, cable workshops approach a breakeven point at 40-50 participants, becoming increasingly attractive above that number.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation report series. The report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1993 that represented the principal publication documenting and transmitting RAND's major research findings and final research.

Permission is given to duplicate this electronic document for personal use only, as long as it is unaltered and complete. Copies may not be duplicated for commercial purposes. Unauthorized posting of RAND PDFs to a non-RAND Web site is prohibited. RAND PDFs are protected under copyright law. For information on reprint and linking permissions, please visit the RAND Permissions page.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.