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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 8, No. 2 (2012) open journal systems 


Using educational webcasts in small multigrade schools of isolated islands

Michail N. Giannakos, Ionian University
Panayiotis Vlamos, Ionian University


Abstract
The purpose of this study is to present the primary schools’ educational system in small and isolated islands of Greece. These areas, are characterized by inaccessibility and isolation used to have multigrade schools. For facing the difficulties of multigrade schooling, curriculums should be engaged with different learning strategies. In this case study, we conducted a research in order to investigate the effectiveness of educational webcast as an auxiliary manner under multigrade schooling conditions. The research was carried out in six small and isolated schools in Greece. The field study compared mulitigrade traditional teaching and webcast enhanced multigrade teaching. The educational webcast was deployed to 22 primary school students. The results of the study indicated that educational webcasts can valuable contribute into multigrade primary schools students. The implications of the findings are discussed for practice and research.


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