ERIC Number: ED439466
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Permanent Base Groups in Broadcast Journalism Instruction.
Boldoc, William J.
An instructor increases student performance, participation, and motivation in broadcast journalism and other media courses through the base group cooperative learning model. Base groups are a specific form of cooperative learning which enables students to become actively involved in small-group discussions and learning with a permanent group of students. Groups are formed at the beginning of the semester; students with prior experience in a given area are dispersed to avoid "stacking" one group at the expense of the others. In the introductory broadcast journalism course, base groups enable more focused discussion of key concepts. Base groups can also be given writing assignments, the results of which are then shared with the class. Students from other groups are invited to offer constructive criticism of other groups' work. Base group instruction offers a dynamic and productive means of directly involving students in course content, providing experience in cooperative learning, and exposure to a variety of viewpoints. (Contains a list of suggested reading.) (RS)
Descriptors: Broadcast Journalism, Cooperative Learning, Higher Education, Introductory Courses, Journalism Education, Small Group Instruction, Student Participation
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Communication Association, Annandale, VA.