ERIC Number: ED249950
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jan
Research on the Introduction, Use, and Impact of "ThinkAbout" Instructional Television Series. Volume II. "ThinkAbout": Teacher Use and Student Response in Three Classrooms.
Cohn, Marilyn R.
Three case studies describe and analyze the events occurring in three classrooms in the St. Louis metropolitan area during the first year (1979-1980) of the use of ThinkAbout, a series of 60 15-minute programs designed to strengthen the reasoning skills of fifth and sixth graders, and to review and reinforce language arts, mathematics, and study skills. Each study focuses on how the teacher used the series in the context of district policies, particular school and classroom settings, and personal teaching style, and how students responded during the ThinkAbout lesson and afterward. It was concluded that (1) a teacher's approach may be described in terms of the number and sequence of programs viewed; amount of teacher preparation; number, nature, and quality of introductory and follow-up activities; degree of connection and integration with the students' life in class and out; and the degree to which the overall classroom environment supports the television series' curriculum goals; (2) there is an enormous diversity in the ways teachers use television; and (3) these diverse uses of television may be determined by societal, community, and school curricular demands; personal interest in job satisfaction; insight into the nature of the teaching task required by the television curriculum; and teaching skills. Four references are listed. (Author/LMM)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Educational Television, Elementary Education, Intermediate Grades, Language Arts, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Study Skills, Teaching Methods, Television Research, Television Viewing, Use Studies
Agency for Instructional Technology, Box A, Bloomington, IN 47402 ($6.00 per copy).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Washington, DC.; EXXON Education Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Agency for Instructional Television, Bloomington, IN.