ERIC Number: ED385217
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jun
CD-ROM Talking Books: A Case Study of Promise and Practice.
DeJean, Jillian; And Others
This study describes and analyzes the use of CD-ROM talking books in a third grade classroom over a 4-month period. One area of interest was in how the teacher used the storybooks in day-to-day efforts to foster learning, especially in the area of language arts. Also examined was the sense children made of these media and the overall impact the books made in the classroom. Data was gathered through observation, the use of a video camera (so that data could be analyzed repeatedly), and formal interviews. The data was divided into four categories for analysis: (1) the suitability of CD-ROM books in language arts and thematic units-based curriculum; (2) the teacher's best intentions; (3) CD-ROM books as personality; and (4) the children's use of the books in terms of cooperation versus competition. The data revealed congruencies and incongruencies in terms of the suitability and the teacher's intentions; also noted was the fact that computers can take on a role that goes beyond their utility and in a class where cooperation was the norm--characteristics of the CD-ROM books seemed to bring out power struggles and selfish behavior. (Contains 40 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (23rd, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, June 1995).