ERIC Number: ED050603
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr-30
Reference Count: 0
An Investigation of the Environment for Educational Microform Utilization. Phase II. "Student Use of Classroom Microform in Support of a Content Course." Final Phase Report.
Kottenstette, James P.; Dailey, K. Anne
An undergraduate psychology course which relied on readings instead of textbooks and which required extensive notetaking was the environment for a study of microform utilization. The material for the course was made available in hardcopy and was also reduced 150x onto a 4 x 6 inch microfiche. Four microform readers were made available for on-campus use. The motivation for sustained use of microforms in preference to hardcopy was the perceived value of the complete information. Microform use patterns were compared with hardcopy use patterns over the 10-week period of the course. The major result was the determination that microforms can be used to support a course which requires that information must be abstracted and retained by the student in order to pass the course, although the additional demands made on some students by the machine presentation were observed to offset the value of the complete information unit, and use of the microform readers by these students terminated. The vertical formatting used to arrange material on the fiche proved to be quite successful. Physical fatigue and eye fatigue were the most common student complaints about the microform readers. It was also determined that a user should have as much control as possible over the environment in which the microform reader is used. (JY)
Descriptors: Books, Comparative Analysis, Design Requirements, Equipment Evaluation, Equipment Utilization, Information Needs, Information Storage, Instructional Materials, Library Equipment, Library Materials, Microfiche, Microform Readers, Microforms, Periodicals, Reading Materials, Student Attitudes, Undergraduate Study, Use Studies
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.