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ERIC Number: EJ935211
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1011-3487
The Efficacy of an Audiovisual Aid in Teaching the Neo-Classical Screenplay Paradigm
Uys, P. G.
South African Journal of Higher Education, v23 n4 p809-825 2009
This study interrogated the central theoretical statement that understanding and learning to apply the abstract concept of classical dramatic narrative structure can be addressed effectively through a useful audiovisual teaching method. The purpose of the study was to design an effective DVD teaching and learning aid, to justify the design through a literature study, and to test the efficacy of the DVD through approved research methods. Four films were analysed and excerpts containing narrative elements were incorporated in the instructional programme that illuminated classical narrative structure. The teaching instrument was tested on student scriptwriters by exposing two groups (control) to the conventional training method and two groups to the audiovisual method. The research results showed a significant increase (12.6%) in the construction of knowledge and a more skilful application of screenplay structure when students were trained by way of the DVD instructional programme as opposed to the conventional method. (Contains 10 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa