Study Shows Online Students Have Superior Social Skills

A new study determined that the social skills of students who enroll in full-time, online public schools are superior to, if not significantly different than students who enroll in traditional, brick-and-mortar public schools.

With this in mind, even if a students completes all their classes in an online educational setting, students who attend online schools should feel comfortable that their social skill development will not be hindered.

The independent study was completed by Interactive Education Systems Design (IESD), Inc., in collaboration with The Center for Research in Educational Policy (CREP) at the University of Memphis. It represents the first significant research effort on the social skills of students in full-time, online public schools.

“Online public schools are experiencing rapid growth across the country,” said Dr. Jay Sivin-Kachala, Vice-President of IESD, who led the research project. “Yet some concerns have been expressed that students enrolled in online public schools may suffer from a lack of opportunities for socialization, and consequently may fail to develop important social skills. The results of this study provide substantial evidence supporting the conclusion that typical, mainstream students enrolled in full-time, online public schools are at least as well socialized as equivalent students enrolled in traditional public schools.”

To view the detailed report, or view a white-paper summary, click here.

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~ by pinnaclepov2224 on June 16, 2009.

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