ERIC Number: ED041269
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Investigation of the Use of Photodocuments in the Teaching of the Languages, Cultures, and Civilization of the Near East. Final Report.
Smith, Myron Bement
A study was made of the need, role, and availability of photodocuments in teaching the languages, cultures, and civilization of the Near East. The principal investigator tape-recorded interviews with 56 scholars representing various disciplines at 17 American colleges and universities. (Summaries of these interviews are included in this report.) The scholars stated their photodocumentary needs in teaching and research, their methods of using photodocuments, and their difficulties and frustrations in finding the required materials. In addition, 29 test sets of slides from the Islamic Archives in Washington, D.C. were sent to professors in 12 colleges and universities for classroom use. Their written responses explain how a set of slides on a specific subject was used and what the classroom results were. Representatives from three U.S. Government agencies also examined test sets and described their need for photodocuments. There was an "overwhelming consensus" that appropriate photodocuments are essential in teaching Near/Middle Eastern studies, that more and better photodocuments are needed, and that commercial sources are generally unsatisfactory. A limited investigation indicated that tourists and scholars would be willing to allow their slides and photographs to be duplicated and placed in a central repository. (Author/JD)
Descriptors: African Culture, Arabs, Archaeology, Archives, Area Studies, Audiovisual Aids, Audiovisual Instruction, Cross Cultural Studies, Information Centers, Learning Resources Centers, Library Collections, Library Materials, Library Services, Middle Eastern History, Reference Materials, Reference Services, Slides, Special Libraries, Surveys
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Sponsor: Institute of International Studies (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pratt Inst., Brooklyn, NY.