ERIC Number: ED092748
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Social Animator + VTR=Communication?? A Communication Theory for Videotape as an Instrument for Community Development.
Wagner, R. M. K.
This report is the result of a two year study during which the author attempted to apply one-half-inch videotape (VTR) technology to facilitate communication as a means of promoting development processes within the community. In addition to the social action component, the author collected and analyzed field data to determine effectiveness of VTR as a tool for community development. The report comprises three major sections: Section One describes the VTR Risk Model, a theoretical model developed from the available field data, and operationally defines the various stages of the Risk Model and the factors drawn from the field data and influencing each stage. Section Two illustrates the process and rationale used to identify and develop a series of emergent hypotheses which ultimately led to the development of a comprehensive theory and the subsequent Risk Model. Finally Section Three describes a set of observed phenomena that both reinforce the emergent theory and supplement it with the proposal of a Force theory for VTR as a tool for social animation. Examples of the field data used in the study are presented in Appendix A. Appendixes B and C offer a case summary and proposed hypothesis. (Author/MW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saskatchewan Univ., Saskatoon. Extension Div.