ERIC Number: ED403585
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Multimedia and Response-Based Literature Teaching and Learning. Report Series 2.32.
Swan, Karen; Meskill, Carla
The Multimedia and Literature Teaching and Learning project was initiated to explore the potential of multimedia and hypermedia for supporting the response-based teaching and learning of literature. The project's initial phase involved developing criteria for considering hypermedia from a response-based perspective and then applying these to a critical review of commercial software. Findings from the review revealed that commercial hypermedia literature applications were moderately priced, designed for commonly available platforms, technically quite good, and related to works commonly taught in elementary and high school classrooms, but they did not embody response-based pedagogies. The project's second phase involved developing prototype applications for supporting literature teaching and learning designed to address support for student responses. An elementary-level application, "Kidspace," and a secondary/postsecondary application,"the Beats," were developed. The third phase involved pilot testing the prototypes in classrooms. Findings revealed the highly motivating nature of the program, its ability to support student responses, and the importance of epistemologically and technologically complementary classroom environments. As schools see more and more students coming to the learning process equipped with predispositions and skills for electronic communications, it becomes clear that issues surrounding the use of new media need to be addressed. Findings of the Multimedia and Literature Teaching and Learning project suggest that electronic media support unique and important forms of meaning making and should be included in a necessarily broadening view of literature study. (Contains 44 references, and 11 tables and 17 figures of data.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Research Center on English Learning and Achievement, Albany, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York