ERIC Number: ED090956
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-May
Reference Count: N/A
Attention Profile: Evaluation of Instructional Media. Research Report Number 7213.
Grayson, Thomas E.
A research project sought to develop means of measuring children's attention to instructional films. Groups of five educable mentally handicapped (EMH) students watched films; observers noted their attention or inattention to the screen at five-second intervals. Data for the groups were then compiled via time series analysis procedures to yield a composite index of viewer attention for the given intervals. The results showed that the younger students exhibited greater variances in attention, that there was a positive correlation between attention and content learned, and that media presentations could be grouped and ranked with respect to their attention-holding power. It was concluded that the observation technique and the time series analysis method were useful means which would permit researchers to: 1) discriminate among segments of a film with different attention levels; 2) analyze content across and between attention levels; and 3) establish attention files for groups of students, subject matter areas, and media presentations. (PB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Media Services and Captioned Films Branch.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse City School District, NY.