ERIC Number: ED066660
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jan
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of Self-Learning Centers in Adult Education: A Research Report of a Ph.D. Dissertation.
Lifer, Charles W.; And Others
This report presents a study undertaken to evaluate the effectiveness of contacting previously unreached urban audiences through the use of films at automatic self-learning centers. To accomplish this, the study attempted to determine: (1) the extent to which people in an urban business (a large insurance company) would look at agricultural films during their lunch hour; (2) their reaction to this approach; and (3) the extent to which they would learn from this informal self-learning setting. Subjects were randomly chosen for both pre- and post-test phases of the study. From the results, the following recommendations are proposed: (1) More attention and emphasis should be given to publicizing the film to be shown in terms of its content, sponsor, and length; (2) The study should be replicated in other urban settings using the same subject population for both pre- and post-testing to determine changes in knowledge levels; (3) Films should be made available three to five days in succession and shown in more than one area; (4) Additional super film cassettes should be developed; (5) A guide should be developed for viewers to follow as the film is being shown; (6) Additional sources of information on the film's subject should be posted; (7) The potential viewing group's characteristics should be determined to select films; and (8) other new media types should be considered. (JS)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Agricultural Education, Autoinstructional Aids, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Media, Information Centers, Information Dissemination, Information Services, Instructional Films, Media Selection, Pilot Projects, Program Evaluation, Programed Instruction, Self Help Programs
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Coll. of Agriculture and Home Economics.; Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Dept. of Agricultural Education.
Note: Research Series in Agricultural Education