ERIC Number: ED050602
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr-30
Reference Count: 0
An Investigation of the Environment for Educational Microform Utilization. Phase I, "Student Use of Classroom Microform in Support of a Survey Course." Final Phase Report.
Grausnick, Robert; Kottenstette, James P.
The assigned readings for a graduate survey course in information science, including complete books, journal articles, and periodicals, were microformed and made available to 11 students, together with individual microform readers for home use. The microform use patterns and classroom performance of these students was determined and compared with the information acquisition patterns and performance of a control group. Motivation for microform use was derived solely from the convenience aspect of a home microform reader and from the students' perceived value of complete information availability through microforms; hardcopy materials were always available on the same basis as utilized by the control class. The overall student response to the microform system was positive; microforms were used continuously by students over the entire period of the experiment. A conclusive majority said that the home reader and the microfiche materials fulfilled their home study needs. Tests of student performance showed that microform presentation did not interfere with the acquisition of basic factual information. Students criticized the upright screen position which made note-taking difficult, the lack of a consistently clear focus, and inadequate indexing within the microform materials. (Author/JY)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Libraries and Educational Technology (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Denver Univ., CO. Denver Research Inst.