ERIC Number: ED417437
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
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The Effectiveness of Using Media To Teach Interpersonal Communication: A Preliminary Study.
Baker, Barbara L.; Lawrence, Debra L.
Using media in communication courses often is recommended; yet, almost no data exists regarding its efficacy in achieving course objectives. This study provides a preliminary assessment of the effectiveness of using media as the primary pedagogical technique in two accelerated interpersonal communication courses taught at a large state university. Students watched seven full-length feature films, two television programs, and clips from six other films; they participated in group discussions about interpersonal concepts and completed homework assignments for each film. Two objective exams were administered to the students (to assess comprehension), as well as pretests/posttests on interpersonal concepts and communication apprehension. When the course was completed, selected students were interviewed. Results of the analysis of this data indicated that students performed as well or better than students in other interpersonal communication classes. Findings suggest that the results need to be interpreted with caution, given the small sample and unusual conditions of the course. (Contains 3 tables of data and 26 references; sample forms and test results are appended.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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