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ERIC Number: ED319375
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Feb
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Children's Use of the Unique Features of Interactive Videodiscs. Technical Report No. 42.
Tally, William J.; Char, Cynthia
This study examined the way children learn about and use the novel features of videodiscs. Nine 9- and 10-year-old students in a progressive private school in New York City participated in the study. None had prior experience with videodisc technology. The two videodiscs which served as test materials--"The First National Kidisc" and "Fun and Games"--were selected because they encourage use of the special video and audio features of videodiscs. Subjects worked in pairs for two 45-minute sessions. Sessions were observed by a researcher who took notes on the children's behavior and comments. Results are reported in three sections: (1) initial learning of the disc options, the role of disc-based instructions and prompts in learning, and technical aspects of the hardware that were impediments to learning; (2) use of audio options and use of visual options in relation to several general goals, such as navigating around the disc and playing with the speed and direction of images; and (3) use of disc options to manipulate the presentation in accordance with children's interests and playing styles. It is concluded that children are able to handle videodisc programming that leaves open the opportunity for exploration and self-motivated learning. (7 references) (MES)
Center for Children and Technology, Bank Street College of Education, 610 W. 112th Street, New York, NY 10025.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bank Street Coll. of Education, New York, NY. Center for Children and Technology.