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ERIC Number: ED002720
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1959
Pages: 35
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A STUDY OF CERTAIN FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE THE USE OF RADIO BROADCASTS AND RECORDINGS IN PUBLIC SCHOOL CLASSROOMS.
ADKINS, GALE R.
AN INVESTIGATION OF THREE FACTORS EXPECTED TO AFFECT THE USE OF RADIO AND RECORDINGS IN THE CLASSROOM IS PRESENTED. THESE ARE--THE AVAILABILITY OF CERTAIN ITEMS OF AUDIO EQUIPMENT, TEACHER PREFERENCES REGARDING THE CLASSROOM USE OF RADIO BROADCASTS, TAPE RECORDINGS, AND DISC RECORDINGS, AND THE DIFFICULTIES EXPERIENCED IN THE USE OF RADIO IN THE CLASSROOM. A TOTAL OF 2,240 POSTCARD QUESTIONNAIRES WAS DISTRIBUTED IN TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS OF GRADES ONE THROUGH NINE. THE PERCENTAGE OF RETURN WAS 58.6 PERCENT. TWO BIASES WERE INTRODUCED, IN THAT TEACHERS WITH ACCESS TO SOUND EQUIPMENT AND TEACHERS VERY INTERESTED IN THE USE OF RADIO AND RECORDINGS WERE MORE LIKELY TO RETURN THE QUESTIONNAIRE THAN THOSE WITHOUT THE AVAILABILITY AND WITHOUT THE INTEREST. OF THE RESPONDENTS, 18.18 PERCENT REPORTED NO RADIO RECEIVERS, TAPE RECORDERS, TRANSCRIPTION PLAYERS, OR TELEVISION RECEIVERS AVAILABLE FOR THEIR CLASSROOM USE, 81.75 PERCENT REPORTED THE AVAILABILITY OF EITHER RADIO OR PLAYBACK EQUIPMENT OR BOTH, AND 48.81 PERCENT REPORTED BOTH RADIOS AND TAPE RECORDER AVAILABLE. OF THOSE WHO HAD ONLY ONE KIND OF EQUIPMENT, THE GREATEST NUMBER HAD TAPE RECORDERS, OF THOSE WITH MORE THAN ONE KIND, THE MOST COMMON SELECTION CONSISTED OF RADIO AND TAPE RECORDER. THE GREATEST NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS PREFERRED TAPE RECORDINGS AS THE MEANS OF BRINGING RADIO PROBRAMS TO THE CLASSROOM. OF THE REPORTED DIFFICULTIES IN USING RADIO BROADCASTS, 74.24 PERCENT WERE DIFFICULTIES RELATING TO THE MEDIUM AND ITS USE AS OPPOSED TO DIFFICULTIES RELATING TO THE CONTENT AND NATURE OF PROGRAMS. SOME CONCLUSIONS WERE THAT--EFFORTS TO PROVIDE CLASSROOM EQUIPMENT SHOULD BE CONTINUED AND INTENSIFIED, RADIO BROADCASTS AND RECORDINGS USED IN COMBINATION ARE A PRACTICAL MEANS OF REACHING A LARGE MAJORITY OF PUBLIC SCHOOL CLASSROOMS, TEACHERS WILL BE MORE INCLINED TO USE AUDIO PROGRAMS IF THEY ARE PROVIDED ON RECORDINGS RATHER THAN AS RADIO BRAODCASTS, GREATER CARE IN SCHEDULING BROADCASTS WILL NOT BE ENOUGH TO SWAY THE PREFERENCES OF MANY WHO PREFER RECORDINGS TO BROADCASTS, AND, IN SEEKING TO IMPROVE THE UTILIZATION OF AUDIO PROGRAMS ATTENTION SHOULD BE FOCUSED ON THE CHARACTERISTICS OF RADIO AS A MEDIUM OF TRANSMITTING INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIAL TO THE CLASSROOM.
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Authoring Institution: Kansas Univ., Lawrence.
Identifiers: TEXAS