ERIC Number: ED224403
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Audio Cassettes in External Studies.
McDonald, R. J.; Gough, J. E.
The use of audio cassettes in external studies in Australia was studied. External students enrolled in four courses at Murdoch and Deaken Universities, were surveyed by mailed questionnaire to ascertain how they use audio cassettes provided as part of their course materials. Murdoch University respondents allowed comparisons to be made between usage when tapes were deemed essential in contrast to their being provided as enrichment only. Deakin respondents included both internal and external students but the response rate for internal students was too low to allow valid comparisons to be made. In addition, discussions were held with staff involved in coordinating the courses to determine the purpose of the cassettes and the use they expected to be made of them. The results generally showed that audio cassettes were highly valued by students and listened to seriously whether they were deemed essential or only for enrichment. Many students listened to tapes more than once, took notes, and used them in preparation for assignments or examination revision. The motivating value of audio cassettes and their value in reducing feelings of isolation was emphasized by a substantial number of students. While most students stopped the 45-minute tapes only once or twice or not at all, a large majority of the respondents stopped tapes at least several times to replay sections. Many external students listened to tapes more than once, more than 70 percent listened to tapes while undertaking some routine chore, and 77 percent usually listened to tapes when they could isolate themselves. It is recommended that more guidance be given to students to improve their skills in using tapes effectively and that training programs be offered to develop the skills of staff in producing audio programs. A questionnaire is appended. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian Education Research and Development Committee, Canberra.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia