ERIC Number: ED342363
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Data Collection in Distance Education Research: The Use of Self-Recorded Audiotape.
This study demonstrated the use of self-recorded audiotape to collect data on students' perceptions, attitudes, and use of learning activities in written teaching texts. The process of asking students to respond to questions within the teaching text was straightforward and presented few problems in subsequent analysis. On several indicators considered, such as length of audio recording, comparison of closed-ended responses and identification of constructs, the data collected by self-recorded tape compared favorably with that collected by other methods. Further consideration of this form of data collection acknowledged the limitations imposed by self-recorded tape but recognized attractive features worthy of exploitation. Three forms of learning benefits to the students were identified through this method of collecting data: (1) those related to students' learning from the course; (2) those related to students' learning and development as a person; and (3) those that contributed directly to answering an assignment. The study also found that students' attitudes towards learning activities were often based on the amount of time necessary to satisfy the requirements of the activities, their reaction to the intellectual demands embodied in the activities, their desire to comprehend the material and to understand the author's arguments, and their perception of their learning capabilities. Examples of students' self-recorded audiotape responses are provided throughout. (15 references) (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Deakin Univ., Victoria (Australia).; University of South Australia, Underdale.