ERIC Number: ED249961
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
"On the Level". Formative Evaluation: Alone vs. Lonely. Research Report 74.
Agency for Instructional Television, Bloomington, IN.
A formative evaluation was conducted of the instructional television program "Alone vs. Lonely," from "On the Level," a series of 12 lessons designed to aid secondary school students in dealing with personal and social growth. The program is designed to teach that loneliness is normal and is felt by everyone, and to suggest some ways of coping with feelings of loneliness. A total of 171 students in 9 classrooms in the Cincinnati (Ohio) area viewed the program. Data collection methods included a student questionnaire, observation of students during viewing, discussion analyses, evaluator-led discussion, and a teacher questionnaire. Results revealed that teachers and students liked and understood the program, thought that the storyline and issues were relevant to teenagers, and were able to discuss the program issues comfortably. Students were attentive during viewing, were anxious to discuss the program, and discussions were student-dominated, with the program acting as a catalyst for discussion of students' own experiences and concerns. The teachers' discussion time focused on the program's messages, eliciting students' discussions of themselves, and the events and characters of the program itself. Appendices include data collection measures, instruments, and raw data from the teacher's guide comments and discussion profile graphs. (LMM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Competence, Coping, Educational Television, Emotional Response, Formative Evaluation, Interpersonal Competence, Loneliness, Material Development, Programing (Broadcast), Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Television Research, Television Viewing
Agency for Instructional Technology, Box A, Bloomington, IN 47402 ($20.00 for set of 8 reports).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Washington, DC.; George Gund Foundation, Cleveland, OH.; EXXON Education Foundation, New York, NY.; General Mills Foundation, Wayzata, MN.
Authoring Institution: Agency for Instructional Television, Bloomington, IN.