ERIC Number: ED249970
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
An Analysis of Films on the U.S. Constitution. Research Report 85.
Agency for Instructional Television, Bloomington, IN.
The purpose of this review was to assess the scope and quality of existing audiovisual materials on the United States Constitution available for use in secondary grades 7 to 12. A panel of six educators reviewed 87 audiovisual programs and found that the scope of coverage emphasizes 2 major areas: major principles of the Constitution and appraisal of the Constitution. Other categories of content not covered by many programs include: the concept of law, creating the Constitution, frames of government that influenced the Constitution, content of the Constitution, means of Constitutional change, and Constitutional themes and issues in U.S. history. Procedures for locating materials, developing an assessment instrument, and rating the programs are discussed. This review is part of a needs assessment conducted during 1980-1981 by the Agency for Instructional Technology (AIT) and Project '87, a joint effort of the American Political Science Association and the American Historical Association that focuses on the bicentennial of the United States Constitution. The results of the review are to be used in determining if there is a need for new audiovisual materials, and if there is such a need, what general content areas should be considered for inclusion in the new materials. (Author/THC)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Educational Quality, Instructional Films, Needs Assessment, Research Methodology, Secondary Education, United States History
Agency for Instructional Technology, Box A, Bloomington, IN 47402 ($2.50 per copy).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Agency for Instructional Television, Bloomington, IN.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United States Constitution