ERIC Number: ED256309
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship of Film Theory to Instructional Television.
Ways in which instructional design specifications for television production may be extended into a more precise domain, where forms of representation may be cataloged and culturally defined, are suggested in this study. Differences between film and television are discussed, and a distinction is made between format codes (i.e., culturally and historically articulated rules and sets of identifiable elements manifested in film and television program types) and presentational forms (i.e., the manner in which textual information is organized and represented. Burch's formalist film theory, which identifies presentational forms, is used as a framework for the creation of an inductive comparative analysis technique for examining the use of presentational forms in instructional television texts. This method also incorporates the television theory of John Ellis (1982) to provide a context for the production, distribution, and reception of these presentational forms in a cultural framework. Ellis' television theory is employed to examine Burch's methodology. An example illustrates the application of the inquiry technique to an instructional television program entitled "Supervisory Skills Assessment." Nineteen references are listed. (LMM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Anaheim, CA, January 17-23, 1985). For entire proceedings, see IR 011 621.