ERIC Number: ED232183
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Boob Tube and Communications Competencies.
Roth, Audrey J.
One use of television in the two-year college classroom is to help students to deal with inferences. An inferencing exercise that students have generally enjoyed is watching television for a certain length of time at home and taking accurate notes of the commercials. Then, each student pretends to be a space creature who has just landed and seen the same commercials. Using just the ads noted, each writes a letter (ostensibly from the space creature to its superior back home) telling what the earthlings are like. Another way that television has been useful is in setting up comparison/contrast situations. One activity is to have students audiotape a television news report of a particular event and then compare the treatment it received on television with its treatment in a local newspaper. Television can also be used for teaching about persuasion. Students need to be taught about what to watch and listen for. For example, being aware of color association (bright colors used in commercials, for example) is one way students can begin to "read" television--and the subject elicits various kinds of writing that students on all levels have something to say about. Television can also be used to explain film terminology and technique. Through activities such as these, college students can become television literate and avoid becoming victims of television--becoming so passive that they do not really want to take responsibility for their own learning. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (34th, Detroit, MI, March 17-19, 1983).