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Title

Utilization Of New Educational Media In Reading Methods Courses In California Teacher Education Institutions

Date of Award

1981

Document Type

Dissertation - Pacific Access Restricted

Abstract

Purpose. The purpose of this study was to investigate the frequencies of the use/non-use of both selected commercially and locally produced new educational media software by faculty members who taught reading methods courses in California teacher education institutions. It also sought to investigate the reasons the faculty members gave for their use/non-use of the selected new educational media hardware and software. Procedure. Five California reading instruction educators were interviewed concerning their use of new educational media in their reading methods courses. From the results of those interviews, a mail questionnaire was prepared. The questionnaire was validated and the reliability was established. The questionnaire was then mailed to the 106 known reading educators who taught reading methods courses during the Fall of 1979. A second mailing was necessary in order to obtain the needed 60 usable responses. A follow-up letter was mailed to all second mailing reading educators two weeks after the second mailing. The letter requested prompt return of the questionnaire. Means were calculated for the variables. Frequencies and percentages of the responses were calculated. The eleven hypotheses were tested using the Chi-square Test of Independence. Conclusions. (1) There is a serious scarcity of commercially produced software. (2) Hardware accessibility/availability was found to have no significant relationship with commercial software use and the use of closed-circuit television hardware. (3) New educational media has great potential for use in reading methods courses to help produce better teachers of reading for the nation's public and private schools. Recommendations. (1) An investigation should be conducted into the potential gain, in terms of modeling, learning, and understanding of reading techniques in basic reading methods courses, of locally produced vs. commercially produced software. (2) A study should be done to indicate the role of new educational media in reading methods courses in a competency based/performance based vs. regular teacher education program. (3) An investigation should be done to determine the effects of interaction analysis as an observational tool in viewing videotape recordings of teaching-learning situations and microteaching in reading methods courses.

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