ERIC Number: ED041483
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Color Television in Instruction.
In spite of repeated research into the matter, no evidence has been discovered to support the claim that color television is superior to black-and-white television as an instructional aid. It is possible that there are advantages to color television which are unmeasured or unmeasurable, but the current claims for color; that it heightens realism, is more appealing, and is "expected"; cannot be supported. Color television is realistic only under the most perfect conditions of transmission and reception. Maintenance on color equipment is both more frequent and more costly. Thus the average color program is not realistic or appealing. A sharp black-and-white picture is more effective than the commonly seen smudgy color picture. People have become used to color from motion pictures and still photography. The technology of color television will undoubtedly develop in the coming years to the point where the medium is both reliable and inexpensive, but at the present time it is well to remember that the motivation of the learner and proper sequencing of learning objectives is more important than any aspect of the instructional media used. (JY)
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Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.