ERIC Number: ED079975
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
The Effective Use of Educational Television for Instruction of College Freshmen in Introductory Biology: The Training of Personnel and the Effect Upon Students.
Ward, Jack A.; Cronin, Barry
A program was undertaken: 1) to train teachers in the use of instructional television and to teach them photographic techniques which would enable them to document biological phenomena; and 2) to incorporate the videotapes these apprentices produced into a freshman general education course in Introductory Biology to increase freshman interest in the subject. Six apprentices took an 8 week course which taught them to use equipment and make films; 14 videotapes on biological topics were produced. These were shown to students in Introductory Biology. Evaluation showed both objectives were achieved. The apprentice teachers found the training program useful, learned the essential photographic skills, and used this newly acquired knowledge to improve their teaching. The freshmen students who viewed the videotapes produced by the apprentices found them useful and showed evidence of greater interest in both biology and instructional television. The videotapes saved teaching time but did not result in increased student achievement. (LB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Apprenticeships, Biology, Closed Circuit Television, College Freshmen, Educational Television, Film Production, Inservice Teacher Education, Photography, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Science Instruction, Secondary School Teachers, Student Attitudes, Student Educational Objectives, Student Interests, Videotape Recordings
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: ESSO Education Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Univ., Normal. Dept. of Biological Sciences.