ERIC Number: ED158770
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Improving the Effectiveness of Open University Television Case-Studies and Documentaries.
Bates, Tony; Gallagher, Margaret
It is argued that students find it difficult to reap the full potential of television case study programs, and find it particularly difficult to integrate this material with the material contained in correspondence texts. The difficulties could be explained by examining more closely the various dimensions of a television case study: didactic--open-ended, structured--unstructured, active--passive, neutral--polemical, and integrated--free-standing. It is suggested that course teams make a conscious decision about what approach to take, determined by the extent to which students have developed prior skills in the use of case study material. The final aim, however, would be to have students able to handle a wide variety of programs, including those which are open-ended, unstructured, polemical, or free-standing. The main academic justification for television case studies could be two-fold, i.e., of intrinsic content value and/or of value in developing learning strategies. Course teams should be more specific and explicit about the justification or purpose of case study programs. It may be necessary to adopt a broad reproduction of general broadcasting styles--a style of production which combines the best of documentary with the best of teaching practice. (VT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Open Univ., Walton, Bletchley, Bucks (England). Inst. of Educational Technology.