Instructor Question 3 Describe and explain the concept of a cooperative system of instruction, which utilized tv. How was it successful and why did it decline? Is it possible to compare this system to our current online educational systems (like this class)? The cooperative system of instruction was first introduced as an option in the 1960’s when Governor H. Rex Lee arrived to Pago Pago in 1961 and found multiple issues within the school system of Samoa. Some examples like, “more than half of the Samoan children under 18 were not in school. Teachers who were supposed to teach all subjects in English, but were not fluent.” were enough to show that there needed to be an educational upgrade (Bauldauf 234). The educational system upgraded rapidly as the purpose of the cooperative system of instruction was still yet to be fully determined, ideally governor Lee wanted “to create a system which would both improve the standard of education for every child, using only a limited number of teachers from the U.S while at the same time maintaining and training the Samoan teachers in their classrooms” (Bauldauf 234). Through the help of televisions to the system, its role was to: “increasing the quality and effectiveness of instruction, maximizing the availability of instructional resources, thereby equalizing learning opportunities and providing a full education at a reasonable cost” (Bauldauf 235). They did not want to focus so much on the aspect of being instructed on TV but to see a convenience it can make for students and under a budget. The system was successful in in the sense that it provided an instruction plan that was sequenced with the help of a team based approach. It material that was presented to the students were assisted and “each team was supported by a technical staff” (Bauldauf 236). This
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- Pago Pago, Governor H. Rex Lee