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ERIC Number: ED119276
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 41
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The Nature of Inquiry and Analysis of Theoretical Progress in Instructional Television from 1950 - 1970.
Barbatsis, Gretchen Schoen
The history of research concerned with the use of television for instruction has been replete with statistically non-significant and inconsistent results. Studies for almost two decades have focused on the comparative effectiveness of television with other mediums of teaching. The research focus of the Children's Television Workshop provided a contrast to the great bulk of the existing instructional television studies. This paper examines the two bodies of research from the point of view of theoretical progress achieved by two different approaches to scientific inquiry: summative and formative. Examination of the historical and research context indicates that the approach of summative research has been premature in the field of communication research regarding instructional television. Formative research, on the other hand, demonstrates the need for the preparatory, exploratory type of study necessary in a field where the testable variables are yet to be discovered. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (61st, Houston, December 27-30, 1975)