ERIC Number: ED207489
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Toward a Grammar of Educational Television: Part II, Method.
Becker, Ann De Vaney
An analytical model for the grammatical description of educational television is illustrated by an examination of what television does to a traditional plot in a dramatic narrative. Segments from dramatic narratives presented on educational channels were videotaped, and a program of observation and recording of elements for video programs was developed and modeled after the observation program developed by Gordon Stephenson at the Primate Center, University of Wisconsin at Madison. An Apple II Computer interfaced with a Betamax recorder/player was programmed to record the time of appearance, frequency, and duration of the units of television construction in the segments of frame, shot, and sequence. The computer not only records the frequency and duration of the units of construction under study, but also supplies a printout for appraisal of these data. These data will be submitted to a time series analysis to identify patterns of use, which constitute the codes being sought. The codes will then be included in a descriptive report and summarized in graph form. It is hypothesized that patterns of usage, i.e., codes, will emerge when these data are examined. (Author/LLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Philadelphia, PA, April 6-10, 1981). Not available separately: see IR 009 554.