ERIC Number: ED305927
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Videodiscs: The Influence of Design Approaches and School Factors on Early Classroom Uses.
Janszen, Karen; And Others
With videodisc still two to five years away from adoption in mainstream schools, it is now time to step back and assess how this new media can best serve teachers and learners. This assessment begins with informal profiles of videodisc use patterns in a variety of school classrooms and analyses of the key factors underlying these early and often experimental uses. This study shows two interconnected variables at work when schools use videodisc: those related to the disc itself and those related to the classroom or school environment. The design approach embedded in a videodisc influences how adaptable a disc is to a variety of classroom purposes. The ways teachers and students use videodisc is influenced by three major factors: the teaching and learning activity undertaken; the degree of access to videodisc equipment; and school-wide attitudes toward teaching with technology. It is concluded that videodisc can promote understanding through active inquiry when it offers flexible and open-ended design and opportunities for teachers and students to choose, explore, and manipulate videodisc images. Based on variables related to both videodisc design and educational context, ways for secondary school teachers and students to take best advantage of what is uniquely useful about videodisc technology are suggested. (16 references) (Author/EW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Educational Technology Center, Cambridge, MA.